Memorial Day

Answering a prompt
Option #2 - "Memorial Day Tribute"
at Slice of Life Sunday

and a prompt

on "reflection"
at One Single Impression

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, especially, may we remember our veterans and those who gave their lives for freedom. Even as we plan Memorial Day picnics and festivities, let us not forget to reflect upon the price they paid.
Although Nickers and Ink usually includes only original poetry, today for Memorial Day it seems appropriate to cite a patriotic classic (from the public domain).

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Text: Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895
Music: Thesaurus Musicus
Tune: AMERICA, Meter: 664.6664
My country,' tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of liberty, to Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light
Protect us by Thy might, great God, our King.


  1. Thanks for repolishing this gem and making it new!

  2. Linda,
    Your prompt, freedom, goes up Sunday at One Single Impression. Would your provide us with a poem so we can highlight it and link back to you? We'd need it by tomorrow, Saturday. Thanks.

  3. Thank you so mcu for including Slice of Life Sunday in your post. I want to apologize for taking so long to respond. I have been on vacation and just now have gotten the opportunity to catch up.