So often, the citizens of our country get quite frustrated and annoyed when foreigners do not learn or understand our customs. The funny thing is, or probably not so funny, is the fact that so many Americans do not know a few simple, yet crucial patriotic things that we should have learned, retained and practiced since we were youngsters. If you do not know this vital information about the United States of America, whether you are a natural born citizen or someone who became a citizen, then it behooves you to learn it.
Pledge of Allegiance (an oath of loyalty to the national flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892. It should be recited while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart; military personnel must salute.) http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm.
My Country Tis of Thee http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh697.sht.
Oh Beautiful http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/b/obfsskis.htm.
The Star Spangled Banner (U.S. National Anthem) http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/spangle.htm.
How can we expect others to respect our country if we don’t know it’s history and respect it ourselves! So today, empower yourself! Celebrate the 4th of July with a newfound exuberance and confidence. If you don’t learn all of the musical stanzas, at least learn the first. Stand tall and be proud!