MORGANTOWN— Pleased Fourth of July, a day to celebrate our independence, a working day for loved ones and friends and very hot dogs and beer, a day at the lake or the pool, paddling alongside in the sizzling summer months sunshine, a working day away from politics and collapsing condos.
Appreciate it in the yard with the grill fired up or at a local community fireworks show. You are cost-free to walk by the woods or hike to a mountaintop, to bask in the sunshine or simply just to hug your son, your daughter, your mom or your father.
It is a working day of all that, indeed, and of sporting activities. For this is The usa, and the total fiber of The usa is observed in its sporting activities, from a father and son enjoying capture in the back again garden to an interior-town youth expending hours on a black-top basketball court docket shooting 3-tips on your own.
The Fourth of July is a baseball activity in a skilled stadium or a a few-legged race in a nearby park. It is a spherical of golfing or a friendly tennis match,
It is a working day of music, and is there any tune much more wonderful or meaningful than “America, the Beautiful”?
O stunning for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Over the fruited basic.
The united states! The united states!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy very good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Think about that verse for a minute. This land is my land, this land is your land. From the plains of Kansas, to individuals mountains that rise out west in California and Oregon and Washington to all those who give West Virginia its rugged magnificence.
Everywhere you go from the East Coast to the West Coastline, from the Excellent Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, we are crowned with brotherhood the style that is observed in family members and in the groups that make up the leagues and the game titles we engage in.
Peek out the window, wherever you are in West Virginia, and see people today getting an early early morning operate or kids participating in a Minor League baseball sport.
Perhaps it is just young children in the park playing softball, sweating and smiling, performing their thing.
They could be using their bicycles or you, the grownup, may perhaps be off as a result of the hills on your motorcycle, the wind delivering the air conditioning and the land a painting significantly prettier than something you could hold on your dwelling place or recreation area wall.
Sure, it is The usa, the Lovely:
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion’d pressure
A thoroughfare for flexibility defeat
Throughout the wilderness.
The usa! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Ensure thy soul in self handle,
Thy liberty in legislation.
The most up-to-date flaw that had to be healed was a COVID-19 outbreak, that threw our lives into disarray, that caused hardships for absolutely everyone and that brought on us to commit far also much time by yourself fairly than coming jointly on a day by day basis in the American way.
But that flaw now is virtually corrected and normalcy is returning to the American way of daily life, a little something to celebrate on this holiday break that is created all-around the presents of liberty we have been specified.
Is there anything at all a lot more American than a West Virginia football recreation, Milan Puskar crammed to potential all over again as it will be this drop when people from all over the condition, around the region, converge on Morgantown.
It’s possible they ended up educated at the university, perhaps not. Probably they just just take statewide pleasure in blue and previous gold, worship at the altar designed by the likes of Major Harris or Darryl Talley, who this holiday getaway weekend are celebrating having their numbers retired.
It is as stated so eloquently in “America, the Wonderful:”
O wonderful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who much more than self their country lov’d
And mercy additional than lifetime.
The usa! The usa!
Might God thy gold refine
Till all results be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.
Both of those of our most current recognized heroes came from another point out, Important Harris from Pennsylvania, Darryl Talley from Ohio, however they became adopted sons of our point out, which genuinely is nature’s reward to the environment.
In West Virginia we all develop into 1 about our sports activities. Be it Jerry West or Scorching Rod Hundley of basketball fame, or Sam Huff and Chuck Howley of football fame, native sons, or a Pat White or Steve Slaton or Owen Schmitt, adopted as our very own no issue the place their roots were being planted.
They come to know that their roots are planted ideal right here.
Be it Mountaineer Discipline or the Coliseum, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium or Mon County Ballpark, these are the shrines in which our athletic heroes glow and wherever we can escape the daily grind of a entire world that appears at times to have absent mad.
And so it is that we get this Fourth of July to take pleasure in what we have and to celebrate it it’s possible as it by no means has been celebrated before— searching as the tune claims, into a shiny, wonderful American long run:
O wonderful for patriot desire
That sees beyond the several years,
Thine alabaster metropolitan areas gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
The usa! The usa!
God drop His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
Adhere to @bhertzel on Twitter