Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."

Those remarks were made in 1963 by 
President John F. Kennedy

And now, some 51 years later, nothing reflects reality more, than the strong and dedicated voices of those who President Kennedy recognized as the hope for America's future.

A thousand voices strong, these patriotic students gathered to produce a gallery of sound....rising some 18 floors at a Kentucky Hyatt Hotel, punctuating the night-time silence with echos of hope for 
 America's tomorrow.

     “Patriotism is a thing difficult to put into words. It is neither precisely an emotion nor an opinion, nor a mandate, but a state of mind -- a reflection of our own personal sense of worth, and respect for our roots. Love of country plays a part, but it's not merely love. Neither is it pride, although pride too is one of the ingredients.

     We all feel an undeniable bond with the land where we were born. And yet, if we leave it for another, we grow to feel a similar bond, often of a more complex nature. Both are forms of patriotism -- the first, involuntary, by birth, the second by choice.

     Neither is less worthy than the other.

     But one is earned.” ― Vera Nazarian

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