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mexico, was granted permission, and we think she made it. was one of the first black women to come to the united states. >> thank you for the conversation. >> i appreciate it. >> you are watching american history tv. this independence day, present donald trump participated in a salute to america program at the lincoln memorial. july we look back to the 4, 1970, honor america day. president nixon didn't participate in 1970 but the morning memorial service featured billy graham. report covers the
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celebration. ofsing is any discussion antiwar protesters who waded naked in the reflecting pool and were later teargas by police. >> this is richard strater in washington, d.c. each year for the past 194 years americans have celebrated the anniversary of their independence here and in thousands of towns and cities throughout the united states. this year's fourth of july celebrations were something special. the nationwide honor america day, as it was called, was a nonpolitical observance with leaders of both political parties taking part. americans from all walks of life took this opportunity to find the common ground and affection for the country and to share that affection with others. the honor america day program was simply a celebration of the 194th anniversary of the day on which the colonies of north america declared they were from that time an independent nation
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and they based it on individual liberty. here in washington the day-long program began at 10:30 in the morning. [bells] >> the morning activities focused primarily on religious observances with protestants, rome catholics and clergy taking part. the location was at the lincoln memorial and it was here that pat boonee opened the proceedings by introducing the "star spangled banner," america's national anthem. >> this song was written at a crossroads sign, at a time of crisis in our nation's history. we stand today at the crossroads
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and a crisis time. let's all sing this song with love and conviction. o say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hail at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the parentless perilous fight ramparts we watched were so gallantly gleaming and the rockets red glare the bombs burting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there that star-spangled
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banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> an eagle scout led the large already pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands. one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> it was a time for recalling the words of the man at whose
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memorial they had assembled. with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the light. ♪
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>> and again from the lincoln, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. m oh beautiful for spacious -- ♪
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america, america >> all across the united
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states at 11:00 a.m., at every town, there was the sound of church bells, horns and factory whistles, as a unified recognition of the day of celebration. ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea m mm ♪
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>> a principle speaker was evangelist leader billy graham. dr. graham: she's never hidden her problems and faults. without freedom of the press and open communication system, we don't sweep our sins under the rug. if poverty exists, if racial tension exists, if riots occurs, the whole world knows about it. instead of an iron curtain we have a picture window. [applause]
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>> there followed a 56 gun salute. one for each of the united states and its territories, as the flags of each state and territory were brought into position on the memorial steps. >> marching boy scouts that carried flags of the united states from the lincoln memorial to near the white house. here, the largest american flag in the capitol flew above the flags of the 56 states and territories. citizens of all ages brought their small american flags to place them in beds of white sand which formed letters usa.
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>> in the evening, there was a two hour, 45 minute show featuring american film, television and recording stars and hosted by world famous comedian bob hope. >> here's a gal we are so happy to have with us. she's one of the most beautiful gals in the world. she's miss black america. ms. g.o. smith. right here. [applause] >> ♪ no matter where i run i meet myself there
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, what yc -- what do i see anger and hope and doubt what am i all about where am i going where am i going you tell me ♪ >> the minstrels sang, this land is your land. >> ♪ this land is your land this land is my land
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from california to the new york island from the mountains and forest m this land was made for you and me ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california new york island this land was made for you and me ♪ [applause] >> concluding the show, chorus master conducted some 200 voices singing the battle hymn of the republic.
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♪ ♪ in the beauty of the lilies christ was born across the sea with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me as he died to make men holy, let
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us die to make men free while god is marching on ♪ lori -- glory, glory, hallelujah his truth is marching on
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>> fireworks have long been a tradition of the july 4 celebrations and this day continued the tradition. their wordlessed exclamation as they saw the fireworks in the sky above the potomac river. it was a long, eventful day. hundreds of thousands of people took part in the celebration at this nation's capitol while millions more in their on way, in their own towns and cities throughout the united states, took this day to affirm their love for their country. this is richard strater in washington, d.c.


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