“Let Freedom Ring”

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I sit still and feel the tingle of excitement rise up my spine as the last seconds before the Martina McBride comes on stage to sing the star spangled banner. I stand up, take off my bandanna, and raise my right hand until it is over my chest. Standing still, I feel the honor and pride for my country thrill through my body as the last strains die out. Martina McBride stands still with her hand still raised to her chest after the song ends letting the momentum of the song carry over into the crowd, and the expectant fans just sit there, letting the song remind them of what we have lost and gained in years past to really appreciate that song.

"Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace-that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our own lands, but throughout the world.

And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make." Stephen Vincent Benét once said(fantasticfiction 1). Stephen Vincent Benét was born in 1894 in the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and died in 1943. He was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and short story writer. His Pulitzer Prize-winning poem John Brown's Body is still considered the best American war poem. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1943(fantasticfiction 1). Stephen said a lot in the quote above. He helps to make the theme of the star spangled banner come to life, and helps us to realize how grateful we should be that do live in a country where peace, freedom, and unity reigns. According to my own experiences as an American, I can classify the three most important reasons for my...