Arrangement: Play a recording of the song, “America the Beautiful” softly in the background.
I’m sure we are all familiar with this song, “America the Beautiful.” We thrill to see America’s
spacious skies, its amber waves of grain, and purple mountains majesty. We often think of this
song as a song of praise for America’s physical beauty.
Have you ever sung the other verses to this song? They tell us a little something about the
history of America. “Oh, beautiful for pilgrim’s feet...” celebrates the people who bravely left
their homelands to settle this country. “Oh, beautiful for heroes proves...” helps us to remember
all those who fought and died so that we can be free. “Oh, beautiful for patriot dream that sees
beyond the years...” reminds us that America was founded on a dream and continues to grow and
prosper with that dream. These verses remind us of the beauty and strength of character of
Americans who came before.
Next time you hear, or sing, this song, listen to the words. Listen to the praises for the great men
and women who built this beautiful America. Pledge to be an American who helps to “crown thy
good with brotherhood...” Remember the beauty of America--its physical beauty and the beauty
of all of its people.
(Sing all four verses of “America the Beautiful,” if desired.)