PATRIOTIC SONGS IN SCHOOL

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Short post to pay homage to patriotic songs that we don't hear too much about. I grew up with these songs as it was required singing in 5th and 6th grade public schools back in the 50/60's. They had a auditorium period and the principal of all people would go to the head of the auditorium and conduct the singing of one song after another

THEY WEREN'T JUST WORDS

Even in my young, innocent and naive mind and body I was able to sense at a tender age the enthusiasm, excitement and the "want to" in everyone in that room enjoying themselves. It was voluntary and that is the best giving to give. I didn't spend too much time looking around because I was singing my heart out. 

I KNOW OTHERS SAW ME GIVING IT MY ALL AND THEY DID TOO BECAUSE I SAW THEM

I RECALL

All teachers of which everyone looked up to, respected and obeyed were singing and waving their hands & nodding their heads setting the tone and example and also teaching by that example. It only made me and the other kids go down deep within and give all we had too. The result was exhilarating to say the least...

WE HAD A SET OF SONGS

There were all the military songs plus other related patriotic ones and they were sung one after another until done. However, if the principal who was leading the singing wanted to repeat a song right after another we did and it was over when we all had enough and surprisingly we all knew when that was too

CHANGED THE ORDER TOO

So that you wouldn't get programmed the principal would change the order of songs every time we met. He did not have any music, script or memo and everything was sung by heart as we were required to do. If you have ever been in a large crowd (think sports) and heard people agreeing in unison for their country well you just don't forget it. As a kid, it had its way with me even 60 years later-on ... to this day

LOOKING BACK

I didn't know at the time, when I was a little kid that ten years earlier the world war ended and we won and that probably had something to do with it us singing in school. The world was a better place for the win and Americans were credited for that win. They gave all they had literally for world peace and of course the American way. All over the world they know this then and now...

I HAD NO CLUE THAT MANY DIED SO I COULD BE SINGING MY HEART OUT THAT DAY

HERE'S JUST ONE OF THE SONGS TO SHARE

We are all in the auditorium after being led in an orderly efficient fashion to take seats row after row as directed. We were prompted to rise after being seated and in front was the principal with flags on both sides of the stage. He gave the signal, chose the song and a thunderous group of voices began their devotions. Here is one of them....one of my favorites

IT A GRAND OLD FLAG

You're a grand old flag
You're a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You're the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Ev'ry heart beats true
Under red, white and blue
Where there's never a boast or brag
But should old acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand ole flag

Bring this all back because America is worth it

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Lottie Kendall
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HI Richie - I didn't know "It's a Grand Old Flag" until my daughters were in grade school. I remember a great road trip we took; as we were heading home, driving over the Sierra Nevada mountains they taught it to me and we belted it out as the miles rolled by. 

Jul 20, 2019 06:24 AM #1
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Richie... I, too, grew up singing patriotic songs in school right after saying the Pledge of Allegiance. My blood boils these days every time I hear a story about a school eliminating the pledge and other shows of patriotism.

Jul 20, 2019 07:31 AM #2
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Lottie Kendall ...the song has the ability to "rouse" when belted out. So fun

Hi there Nina Hollander ...who made the decision to not sing anymore?

Jul 20, 2019 08:15 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Richie... I wish I knew! 

Jul 20, 2019 12:41 PM #4
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James Dray
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Morning Richie.

Yes sir, I remember those days.  Pity, that is almost stopped nationwide.

Jul 21, 2019 02:10 AM #5
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Richie Alan Naggar
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James Dray ...the word "pity" is appropriate thank you

Jul 21, 2019 04:57 AM #6
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Richie Alan Naggar - Thanks for taking me down Memory Lane and it was wonderful! My educational experience was very similar. We started every day by attending Mass before classes begun. In Church, we always ended with a Patriot Song and we sang lots of songs throughout the years. And we faithfully Pledged Our Allegiance to the Flag without question. We didn't need sheet music except for those who played instruments. And the band played on with Marching Bands, music by John Sousa, loved the Marines, Army & Navy!

As for the time period, I also felt the same I didn't realize how close I was born to the end of WWII. It was a different time and a time in America where people were really proud to be Americans.

You did a great job on this post. Thank you, Richie!

Jul 21, 2019 05:28 PM #7
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP ...just another thing we share in common

Jul 21, 2019 07:31 PM #8
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Growing up in Canada we did this same auditorium activity too (with different songs of course)... I can't remember if it was every day or once a week.  Looking back now I'm surprised we even sang some Bob Dylan song tunes like "Blowing in the Wind."  I guess it was a pretty progressive school!

Jul 28, 2019 08:55 PM #9
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