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On this day in 1893, a professor stands atop #PikesPeak . She is struck by the beauty around her and is inspired to write a poem. Today, we all know that poem as a song: “America the Beautiful.” It nearly became our national anthem! The professor was Katharine Lee Bates. She was teaching at #Colorado College during the summer of 1893. Her train ride to the West made a deep impression on her. Once in Colorado, she had the opportunity to visit Pikes Peak, along with some of the other teachers. She was overcome by all that she saw. She later wrote: “It was then and there, as I was looking out over the sea-like expanse of fertile country spreading away so far under those ample skies, that the opening lines of the hymn floated into my mind.” Later, Bates remarked that “Greatness and goodness are not necessarily synonymous. Rome was great, but she was not good. . . . Unless we are willing to crown our greatness with goodness, and our bounty with brotherhood, our beloved #America may go the same way.” Bates’s poem was published on July 4, 1895, but it was later revised a bit when people started setting the poem to music. “When I found that you really wanted to sing it,” Bates remarked, “I rewrote it in some respects to make it a bit more musical.” The poem was sung to many different tunes for years until, finally, a melody by Samuel Ward stuck. Interestingly, Bates and Ward never met each other. And neither of them really made any money on the song. Bates did not seek royalties. Instead, the result of their accidental partnership has been a great gift to the country. FULL STORY: TaraRoss.com #TDIH#AmericanHistory#USHistory#history#liberty#freedom#God#faith#religion#homeschool#throwback#USA#landofthefree#homeofthebrave#classicalconversations#historybuff#sharethehistory
This day is always rough but I know Julian Lee is always looking over us.
Army Pfc. Julian L. Colvin of Birmingham and Sgt. Richard L. Berry, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died of wounds suffered from an enemy improvised explosive device while on a dismounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.
Both were assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., and were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colvin joined the Army on March 9, 2011 as a combat engineer. He attended training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by the U.S. Army Airborne School and joined the 82nd Airborne Division in July 2011. This was his first deployment. "Pfc. Colvin was a young, energetic Paratrooper and engineer," said Lt. Col. Peter Levola, commander of the 508th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, in a press release. "He is a shining example of the inspiration and promise of our young, remarkable Paratroopers -- a selfless hero who willingly took on one of the most difficult jobs in the Brigade by leading patrols with a mine detector." Colvin's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
Miss you Bama.
📷🇺🇸 Such an awesome view from Chimney Rock State Park today! The thunderstorms came through HARD and left us with a soaked clear view for miles with the sun from behind and a huge rainbow across the Lake Lure! #LandOfTheFree#NorthCarolina
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed legislation empowering police to confiscate firearms from citizens and extending the wait period for gun purchases to 72 hours.
The new waiting period means a single woman being pursued by a stalker now has to hide and/or live behind locked doors for three days while she waits to get a gun for self-defense.
NBC 26 reports that the confiscatory law is called the Firearms Restraining Order Act. By signing it, Rauner made Illinois the 13th state to empower police to confiscate guns and he joined a growing list of Republican governors who signed such laws into place following the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.
Governors Rick Scott (R-FL), Phil Scott (R-VT), and Larry Hogan (R-MD), signed gun confiscation laws following Parkland.
The problem with these laws is that they would not have stopped the Parkland shooting, because the family with whom the gunman lived actually took up for him when police came to the house after being alerted that he was a possible threat. (Gun confiscation laws require family members to attest to the danger posed by another family member.) Moreover, such laws would have not have prevented the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas because that gunman used someone else’s firearms.
Additionally, the Maryland gun confiscation law certainly did not prevent the June 28, 2018, attack on Annapolis’ Capital Gazette newspaper. Five people were killed in that attack.
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