The American democratic experiment has been successful in many ways. Millions of people around the world look to the United States as a model in their search for freedom, dignity, and prosperity. But the continuing success of American democracy depends on the degree to which each new generation, native-born and immigrant, makes its own the moral truths on which the Founding Fathers staked the future of your Republic. Their commitment to build a free society with liberty and justice for all must be constantly renewed if the United States is to fulfill the destiny to which the Founders pledged their “lives . . . fortunes . . . and sacred honor.”
Saint John Paul II, December 16, 1997
Something for the weekend. There is only one song for Flag Day: The Star Spangled Banner.
Here is the history behind the song:
Back when I was young and dinosaurs ruled the Earth, it was customary for the National Anthem to be played before television stations signed off for the evening. This was always my favorite of such renditions:
Red Skelton’s immortal rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance seems called for on this day:
On second thought, there is another song that should be sung on Flag Day: