Angua wrote:Do Americans not have to sing their national anthem in school? That surprises me.
I must say, I did always find it odd that you have an anthem that's so hard to sing.
Up to about age 10, we said the Pledge of Allegiance (prose, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all", stated, not sung), and then sang the first verse of America ("My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing...") to the tune of the British anthem (God save the King/Queen). Starting at about age 11, we did said the pledge, and didn't sing. I only remember trying to sing the U.S. anthem in school once, and that was in a music class.
[The pledge was pretty meaningless to the younger children. We didn't know what the word "allegiance" meant and I thought the phrase "for which it stands" was "for witch's stands", as in kiosks owned by women who practiced witchcraft. The phrase "to the flag of the United States and to the republic for which it stands" should have been "to the United States of America and to its flag". The "for which it stands" sentence structure is too complex, and loyalty to the country should come before loyalty to its symbol.]
You, just, learned it; Like a Normal Person.
Each and every one of us has a unique story and a unique relationship with The Pledge and The Anthem.
Your story reminded me of My Story.
I moved in with Old People in a little burg in Oregon.
There on the first day of School, I failed My Name.
I was peddling hard trying to Get a Grip.
I had to learn the Flag Pledge.
I asked my GrandFather to help me.
I did not learn The Flag Pledge, that night.
I learned that GrandPa Does Not Pledge to a Flag.
I don't have to, if I don't want to.
But; If I choose to or Not to...
At no time do I have The Right to disparage or disrupt the beliefs and prayers of others.
Of course, I chose Not to.
Like Forrest Gump...one less thing.... to remember.
I stood silently, hands at my sides while you, Crossed Your Heart and Hoped to Die
I was still getting used to my name.
I know The Pledge.
I'd do it for Money.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.