Flag Ceremonies - Intros to pledge


In Unison

The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock

The Spaniards at St. Augustine,

And folks of Dutch and Swedish stock

And some from the Philippines,

Here they came! They came from Germany,

From Africa and Japan,

From Mexico, Cuba and Hungary,

From Poland and Ireland.

Oh, which ones are Americans?

Oh, which ones are our own?

Who can we call the native ones?

Who should make this land their own?

The Irish, Dutch or Africans?

The French or Japanese?

The Cubans or Hungarians?

The Spanish or Chinese?

Whenever at a big parade

Our flag comes into view,

The French and Spanish serenade.

The Japanese sing out, too.

And all whose ancestors have come

From lands across the sea,

All raise their voice and sing as one     "My country 'tis of thee!"



THE NEW COLOSSUS     by Emma Lazarus     (Inscription on the Statue of Liberty)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightening, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"




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