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by , 06-10-2012 at 11:08 AM (22403 Views)

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln

Ingersoll, Robert G.
"He loves his country best who strives to make it best."

Jefferson, Thomas
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
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    Have the feeling it is not right to 'start' new post but that I need to add in this comment area. So until I find out more, thankfully...THANKS to them all .. I CAN write at all freely and with that said. I saw this and it 'upsets' me so. The article most likely won't be there form long. I want to post the words that this Principal will not allow. She won't allow 5 years old who have practiced it over and over to sing it. This brings out my wrath. Although she is also free to make decisions...thankfully I am as well thanks to you... and can post these here in their names.. little ones that are proud to be Americans. Sadly this woman does not either understand that..or has other ideas. Either way I am posting them.
    PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN ............... 'sung by .Lee Greenwood

    If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
    And I had to start again with just my children and my wife,
    I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
    'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
    And they can't take that away.
    [ Lyrics from: [url=[/url] ]
    I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free,
    And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
    And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
    'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God Bless the U.S.A.
    From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee,
    Across the plains of Texas from sea to shining sea.
    From Detroit down to Houston and New York to L.A.,

    There's pride in every American heart
    And it's time we stand and say:
    I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free,
    And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
    And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
    'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God Bless the U.S.A.

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    Here is he article...very sad indeed.....*
    controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

    Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

    Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

    Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”

    But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.

    She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.

    “We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.

    The curt edict stunned both staff and parents.

    “A lot of people fought to move to America to live freely, so that song should be sung with a whole lot of pride,” said mom Luz Lozada, whose son, Daniel, is in kindergarten.

    The song has been sung at previous school events. Last year’s fifth-graders, including another Lozada child, performed it at graduation.

    “Everybody applauded and whistled,” the mom said. “They gave it a standing ovation.”

    Parents — many immigrants from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador — “love it,” Lozada said.

    A teacher agreed: “It makes them a little goosebumpy and teary-eyed. I’ve never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture.”

    Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti gave The Post an explanation staffers said they never heard — that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.

    The song starts: “If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin’ here today.”

    Scaperotti said the department supports the principal’s decision. “The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she said.

    But Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”

    The other songs: “We’re All Together Again,” popular at Scout campfires; “The World is a Rainbow,” which celebrates diversity; “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi; and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story.”

    Scaperotti noted PS 90 kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing “America the Beautiful” each morning. Insiders say Hawkins tried to end that tradition a couple years ago but staff objected.

    The principal, a Jehovah’s Witness, does not recite the pledge because her religion forbids followers to salute any nation’s flag. Staffers gripe she doesn’t stand in respect during the school-wide ritual.

    The song uproar comes amid tensions. Hawkins has been called a tyrant and bully by some staffers.

    The DOE reprimanded her in 2010 after teachers complained she called the school “racist” and declared: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

    Scaperotti said Hawkins is being targeted by the teachers union and has received hate mail, which is under investigation by the NYPD.

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    In my thoughts.....thankful as ever....always..*
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    Rest well.........

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    You are in my always.....keep happy memories close......and to those out there...keep safe......hugs to you and your loved ones too...............*
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    in my always..............................*
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    in my and always........................*

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    Thank you for keeping that safe for us....our freedom...*

    Hope you all sleep well ....know you are all in my and your loved always ...with the up most thanks and gratitude.
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    May the Angels watch over you and your loved ones...and for those who have passed..may you sleep amongst them...........'in my thoughts' as always.........
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    As Always...............
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    In nt and your loved always..................*

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    In my and 'yours' always...................* thank you *

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    In my thoughts and yours....*
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    Be safe where ever you and and my thoughts...*

    Thank you.........*
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    Sleep well and safely.....those who are gone...Sleep with the Angels..........*
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    In my thoughts you and your loved ones too..those who fight, serve who have who will and our allies...and those who have passed who fought for us all.....may Angels keep you under their wings....*
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    In my strong.............*
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    Those out there...those home ..those healing...those past and your loved my always......................*
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