It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, February 18, 2019

Chapter 2, Page 18, Book 19

God Bless America!  Land that I love

Irving Berlin

February 18 - for the love of country

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the USA!

Lee Greenwood

Since today is Presidents Day I thought it appropriate to write about love of country.  I am proud to be an American.  My heart beats red white and blue. 

I grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning during my school days which instilled a great love of this land.  I learned that divided we fall, united we stand.

Our U.S. Nation Anthem by Francis Scott Keys says it well.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the rampagers we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Love of country is call patriotism.  It is good to love your country because that is where you live. This song reminds me of the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom of speech, religion and worship. I’m proud to say I’m a part of such a nation.  

Patriotism is love of country. But you can’t love you country with loving your countrymen and countrywomen.  We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.

Cory Booker


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

God Bless America! Land that I love...

Annsterw said...

Happy President's Day!

betty said...

I remember the elementary school we went to we had the raising of the flag at the beginning of the day and the putting it down at the end of the day. We did recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the mornings. I'm not sure they do that anymore. I'll have to check with the students I know. We do live in a great country. I'm thankful for the freedoms we have.


Mevely317 said...

How blessed we are! I only wish more folks could focus on our similarities v. our differences.

jack69 said...
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jack69 said...

Wonderful tribute to our country and leaders. Yes I too love this country with all its faults, warts and problems. We have survived and we will survive. We are not headed to Hell in a handbasket, this country is full of people whose life is Red, White and Blue. In every country I have traveled NONE compare to the USA!
Love from Florida
Sherry & jack

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness I agree. We are so blessed to have been born here. I wish all Americans knew that in their hearts.