During the month of September, the First through Fifth grades will learn interesting facts about some patriotic songs of the United States of America. Our nation's greatest patriotic songs express the hopes, desires and pride of the American people. This is a good month to remember and sing patriotic songs because of Constitution Day, the remembrance of the tragedy on September 11, and now this tragedy in the Gulf region of the country. It makes me feel good when I sing patriotic songs because it causes me to think about where I live, how beautiful and diverse the country is, and how blessed I am to have been born here. I think my favorite patriotic song is "America, the Beautiful." The author of the lyrics wrote, "and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea." What do you think that means? And what's your favorite patriotic song?