Are you watching the Inaugural Ceremonies?
I was a room away from the TV, at my computer, when I heard the familiar strains of the anti-slavery/Civil War hymn by Julia Ward Howe--"Glory, glory hallelujah!" But never have I heard it sung so beautifully as it was today by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. It brought me to my feet and by the time I was at the door of the TV room, my eyes were filled with tears and pride!
Never have I heard such a moving rendition and wonderful visuals to go with it.
Then Justice Sotomayer stepped up to administer the oath to VP Joe Biden. I was so proud to see a latina justice standing there, and so thankful Joe Biden is our VP.
Then our President was sworn in--and the cameras swept the cheering crowd as far as the (camera) eye could see--flags waving everywhere, and above it all, one superlarge flag rippling the red, white, and blue over the scene like a blessing on everything America stands for--and the President's opening words: "All men are created equal," the goal toward which our national and individual journeys are directed as we "complete" that vision.
"Our generation's task"--to make Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness true for all people. A goal worthy of a great nation.
I cannot remember being so moved by an inaugural ceremony and proud to be an American.