When I was in high school, our choir went to the all state music festival one spring and sang a song that has always lived in my heart. Lyrics are by Don Raye and the music is by Al Jacobs. The words go like this:
THIS IS MY COUNTRY, LAND OF MY BIRTH
THIS IS MY COUNTRY, GRANDEST ON EARTH
I PLEDGE THEE MY ALLEGIANCE
AMERICA THE BOLD
FOR THIS IS MY COUNTRY
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD.
I WILL NEVER TAKE MY FREEDOM FOR GRANTED. GOD BLESS AMERICA!