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"What Makes a Song Patriotic?" from the Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Patriotic songs are the soundtrack of the American nation.

Flag-waving anthems such as "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America" have brought together Americans of all stripes since our magnificent experiment in democracy won independence from the British 234 years ago.

Patriotic songs have boosted our morale in times of crisis, strengthened our resolve in eras of uncertainty and rekindled pride in who we are, and what we represent, as a great nation.

As we gather in parks and along parade routes this Fourth of July for booming fireworks displays punctuated by brass bands hoisting "The Stars and Stripes Forever," we might take a moment to ponder the question: What makes a patriotic song patriotic?"

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