Friday, July 4, 2014

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies...

Happy Independence Day, America!

Images are taken from the Upper Loop, Yellowstone National Park.
Words below are by Katharine L. Bates, 1904

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self control,
Thy liberty in law.

Dedicated with a grateful heart 
to my God Parents who each served this country, 
and who teach me daily, by their great examples, 
what real freedom is. 
I'm so blessed!