REPORT FROM INDIANA--A PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION; Congressional Record Vol. 142, No. 105
(Extensions of Remarks - July 17, 1996)

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              REPORT FROM INDIANA--A PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION

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                         HON. DAVID M. McINTOSH

                               of indiana

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, July 17, 1996

  Mr. McINTOSH. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to give my Report from 
Indiana for the week of July 17, 1996.
  This week I would like to share with you the program of a very, very 
special celebration that my wife Ruthie and I were so honored to attend 
over the Independence Day recess--``A Patriotic Celebration,'' music 
performed by the staff and residents of the Henry County Youth Shelter 
in New Castle, IN.
  As the children performed, their young faces glowed with pride. Their 
deep love of country resonated in my heart as they sang so eloquently. 
Being included truly moved me. It brought tears to my eyes, put a lump 
in my throat, and filled my heart with hope.
  Words cannot adequately convey the sincere and heartfelt appreciation 
for what it was like to be a part of their event. From the bottom of my 
heart, I would like to say thank you. Each and every one of the 
residents and staff of the Henry County Youth Shelter should be 
commended.
  The performance was spectacular. And I would like to include the 
attached program into the Congressional Record for my colleagues to 
review:

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``A Patriotic Celebration'' Presented by the Residents and Staff of the 
   Henry County Youth Center for U.S. Congressman and Mrs. David M. 
                         McIntosh, July 2, 1996


                                program

     National Anthem: ``Star Spangled Banner''
     Resident Dawn B.: What Is The ``Pledge of Allegiance?''
     Resident Darren W.: Leads The ``Pledge of Allegiance''
     ``God Bless America''
     Residents Lamontta R. and Virgil R.: History of ``America The 
         Beautiful''
     ``America The Beautiful''
     ``God Bless The U.S.A.''
     ``This Land is Your Land''
     Resident Freddie M.: ``Children Learn What They Live''
     ``Battle Hymn of the Republic''

       Special and Talented Participating Residents:
       Krystal B., Gabe H., Stacy N., Dawn B., Jeremy I., Brandy 
     R., Brandi C., Summer J., Lamontta R., Floyd C., Rocky L., 
     Virgil R., Tianna D., Freddie M., Darren W., Matthew F., 
     Nathan M., and Jeremy M.


                        ``star spangled banner''

     Oh say! can you see, by the dawn's early light
     What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
     Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru, the perilous 
           fight.
     O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming
     And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
     Gave proof thru' the night that our flag was still there.
     Oh, say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave,
     O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
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                 what is the ``pledge of allegiance''?

       The ``Pledge of Allegiance'' to the flag is a pledge to the 
     ideals of our forefathers; the men who fought and died in the 
     building of this great nation.
       It's a pledge to fulfill our duties and obligations as 
     citizens of the united States, and to uphold the principles 
     of our constitution.
       And last, but not least, it's a pledge to maintain the four 
     great freedoms cherished by all Americans: freedom of speech, 
     freedom of Religion, freedom from Want, and freedom from 
     Fear.
                                                                    ____



                          pledge of allegiance

       I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of 
     America and to the Republic for which it stands: One nations, 
     under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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                         ``god bless america''

     Oh, God bless America, land that I love
     Stand beside her, and guide her
     Through the night with a light from above.
     From the mountains, to the prairies
     To the oceans, white with foam
     God bless America, my home sweet home.
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                  History of ``America The Beautiful''

        (Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Music by Samuel A. Ward)

       In 1893 an English teacher at Wellesley College wrote a 
     poem that was to become the lyrics for one of the most 
     beautiful of American patriotic songs.
       Katharine Lee Bates had been asked to lecture at Colorado 
     College in Colorado Springs, and it was during that summer 
     that she penned ``America the Beautiful.'' On her trip west 
     she saw for the first time the abundant glories of America, 
     and later said that the chief inspiration for her poem had 
     been the magnificent view from the top of Pikes Peak. 
     Standing in that rarified atmosphere she saw ``spacious 
     skies,'' and ``purple mountain majesties'' and such an 
     expanse of fertile country that she was moved with an exalted 
     pride that cried out for poetic expression.
       Soon after the poem was printed in 1895--in The 
     Congregationalist, a church magazine--it was set to various 
     tunes and printed in hymnals. But by the 1920's it had become 
     permanently associated with the tune ``Materna,'' which 
     Samuel Augustus Ward had composed in 1882 for the hymn ``O 
     Mother Dear, Jerusalem.''
       Many modern-day Americans feel that the lyrical hymn 
     written by Miss Bates and set to Ward's fine, singable tune 
     should have been chosen as the national anthem of the United 
     States.


                       ``AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL''

     O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
     For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain.

     America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
     Oh, and crown thy good with brotherhood
     From sea to shining sea.

     Oh beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife;
     Who more than self, their country loved;
     And mercy more than life.

     America! America! may God thy gold refine.
     Till all success, be nobleness and every gain divine.

     Oh, beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years
     Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears.

     America! America! God shed His grace on thee;
     And crown thy good with brotherhood,
     From sea to shining sea.
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                         ``God Bless the USA''

     If tomorrow all things were gone, I'd worked for all my life
     And I had to start again with just my children and my wife;

     I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
     'Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take 
           that away;

     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 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.

     From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee,
     Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea.

     From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
     Well, there's pride in every American heart and it's time we 
           stand and say:

     That I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm 
           free,
     And I won't forget the men who dies who gave that right to 
           me.

     And I 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.

     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 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.
                                                                    ____



                       ``this land is your land''

     This land is your land, this land is my land
     From California, to the New York Islands
     From the Redwood forests, to the Gulf Stream waters,
     Hey this land was made for you and me.

     As I was walking, that ribbon of highway
     I saw above me, endless skyways
     I saw below me, that golden valley
     The land was made for you and me.

     I've roamed and rambled, and followed my footsteps
     To the sparkling sands of, the diamond deserts
     And all around me, a voice was sounding
     Saying, ``This land was made for you and me''.

     This land is your land, this land is my land
     From California, to the New York Islands
     From the Redwood Forests, to the Gulf Stream waters
     Hey this land was made for you and me.

     When the sun comes shining, and I was strolling
     And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds blowing
     As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting,
     ``This land was made for you and me''.

     This land is your land, and this land is my land
     From California, to the New York Islands
     From the Redwood Forests, to the Gulf Stream waters
     Hey this land was made for you and me.
     WELL, this land was made for you and me.
                                                                    ____



                     children learn what they live

     If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.
     If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.
     If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy.
     If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.
     If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.
     If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.
     If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate.
     If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.
     If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith.
     If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself.
     If a child lives with acceptance, He learns to find love in 
           the world.
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                    ``battle hymn of the republic''

     Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
     He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are 
           stored;
     He has loosed the fatefull lightning of His terrible swift 
           sword.
     His truth is marching on.

     I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling 
           camps;
     They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
     I have read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring 
           lamps.
     His day is marching on.

     Glory, glory hallelujah!
     Glory, glory hallelujah!
     Glory, glory hallelujah!
     His truth is marching on.


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     I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
     ``As ye deal with My contempters, so with you My grace shall 
           deal'';
     Let the Hero born of woman crush the serpent with His heel,
     Since my God is marching on.

     He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call 
           retreat;
     He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement 
           seat;
     Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet!
     Our God is marching on.

     Glory, glory hallelujah!
     Glory, glory hallelujah!
     Oh! Glory, glory hallelujah!
     His truth is marching on.

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