Thursday, June 30, 2016
“While the storm clouds gather
far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
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.”
~ "God Bless America"
~ written by Irving Berlin in 1918
& revised by him in 1938
~ Kate Smith’s signature song
The spirit of America and the spirit of the open road that only a motorcycle can give meet on the General Thomas R. Morgan USMC Bridge, Slatington, Pennsylvania, just before the Fourth of July.
I loved seeing the bridge festooned with American flags leading up to Slatington Baptist Church, founded in its current location in 1900. To me, this image quintessentially proclaims, “God Bless America!”
The signs on the lampposts designate Slatington, established in 1864, as the Blackboard Capital of America.