Choir Notes

Synbols of Freedom
From Music and The Spoken Word
delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell • Program 4112

The symbols of our freedom—the flags, statues, uniforms, anthems, and other emblems of our inspiring history—are not just relics of ancient heroism. They continue to inspire us today, keeping the promise of freedom alive for present and future generations.

Nearly 200 years ago Francis Scott Key wrote words that became America’s national anthem. All through the night, enemy war ships bombarded Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. But by “dawn’s early light,”1 Francis Scott Key saw his country’s flag still flying proudly. We feel that same pride when this anthem brings stadiums full of people to their feet in grateful remembrance of their liberty.

Our souls are likewise stirred when we see symbols like the Liberty Bell. Thousands wait in line, day after day, to view the now-silent bell near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Its inscription still resounds in our hearts: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”2

The Statue of Liberty is another symbol that rallies our resolve for freedom. Its torch kindles hope in people from all nations who are welcomed by the words engraved in its pedestal:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”3

Symbols such as these are so much more than cloth or metal. They remind us of the ideals for which so many have united and worked and sacrificed. They fill us with thanksgiving for the land we love. These symbols remind us to protect and promote freedom—for a land that was free and brave in the past is only as strong as the free and the brave who call it home today.

1 “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Hymns, no. 340.
2 Leviticus 25:10.
3 Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus.”

1 comment:

brittany said...

i am definitely interested in taking their pictures! can you have them e-mail me? (we have a computer here, but i actually can't access my e-mail account from this computer...so i could get back to them middle of next week.) thanks lyn!

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