patriotic night

Tonight there was a patriotic night for a relief society activity. We sang some patriotic songs (including the "Star-Spangled Banner", "America the Beautiful", "God Bless America" & "Come, Come Ye Saints"). That last one may seem weird, but we discussed a lot of events in America's history including the saints going west, the Civil War, the gold rush, and listened to a lot of other American favorites such as "She'll be Coming 'round the Mountain" and "This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land" (which my grandma sang to us ALL the time), "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and the emmy award winning rendition of the motab's "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". They also played the anthems of the branches of military.

fun fact: "swing low, sweet chariot" was written by a Choctaw Indian.

fun fact: the original lyrics to the music of "battle hymn of the republic" was about John Brown, the abolitionist. The woman who wrote the words we have now wrote it during the civil war, and the song is described as the best thing to come out of the civil war. besides a united country and freed slaves, I presume.

It was great! I think music is such a powerful force and there is always something about a group singing that is so moving.

whew. that was a lot of titles and quotes. forgive me if I mis-titled/capitalized something or used the wrong form of proper-ness.

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