U.S. flags are placed in front of a house in Palatine, Ill., Thursday, June 30, 2022. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / AP

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Until the adoption of our national anthem on March 3, 1931, our unofficial anthem was “My Country ‘Tis of Thee“:

“My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;  Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim’s pride, From ev’ry mountainside, Let freedom ring!

“My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.

“Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees, Sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let rocks and their silence break, The sound prolong.

“Our father’s God to thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light,  Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.”

Perhaps, on July 4, we can all sing the four verses of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Elizabeth Hutchins