Malibu CA My Country Tis of Thee

The Republic of California while not synonymous with patriotism may surprise skeptics at times.

This beautiful sentiment in remembrance of the fallen of 911 is parlayed across the front lawn of Pepperdine University Malibu. It’s a stunning display of what appears to be countless of American flags thrusting in Southern California air. The flags are posted in the ground with plenty of walking space between them. In unison of stars and stripes, each flag blows the sound of an individual message.

It calls for heart wrenching emotion and personal reflection. I am reminded of Samuel Francis Smith’s America.

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.


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