Many ways to spell good night. Fireworks at a pier on the Fourth of July
spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.
They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.
Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue
and then go out. Railroad trains at night spell with a smokestack
mushrooming a white pillar. Steamboats turn a curve in the Mississippi crying
in a baritone that crosses lowland cottonfields
to a razorback hill. It is easy to spell good night.
Many ways to spell good night.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day by the Academy of American Poets.
This July 4th post features a quote from a true hero–Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, American Medal of Honor Recipient. Staff Sergeant Bellavia opened the New York Stock Exchange on July 3, 2019. Hero Bellavia said this in an interview following the opening of New York Stock Exchange:
“The flag is a representative, it’s symbolism of what this country is at its core, of men and women who’ve died. It’s the last thing that we remember that’s literally laid over their remains. It’s a very solemn and it means a whole lot to us. It might not mean that to everyone else, but I care about the veterans. I care about the guys I served with and what that means to us. It’s very important to us and I guarantee you that we will show the honor and reverence that the flag has earned. We are soldiers for life, sir.” Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, American Medal of Honor Recipient. Speaking to interviewer David Asman. Staff Sergeant Bellavia opened the New York Stock Exchange on July 3, 2019. Sergeant Bellavia is the only living Iraq war veteran to receive the American Medal of Honor.
Today, we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation, The United States Of American. Our leaders in 1776 declared independence from the Kingdom Of Great Britain – thus the birth of America. 236 years of freedom and still going strong. Our freedom symbol, recognized world wide is our Flag, the Flag of the United States Of America. Display her proudly and properly. Let our heart and mind know that our men and women in the armed forces protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic. May our country, in dealing with other countries – May she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong. ~By Jim McShane
Rhoda Cratty describes books and websites from this dramatic and turbulent period in our history (1775-1776). These resources and Cratty’s post on the Declaration of Independence, will, according to Cratty help students “begin to understand the history behind the fireworks.” Click here for the resource list.
Happy Fourth of July!