Pomp and Circumstance is a musical piece that accompanies a splendid celebration! Splendid it was! Washington, D.C. certainly knows how to put on a party! Bravo to all the many citizens who prepared, produced, practiced, promoted, protected, and presented the American citizens with a dignified and positive celebration of our democratic transfer of power that equals no other country in the world.
No matter your point of view, it was an example of all coming together peacefully to witness this time-honored event! The protests were tolerated as is their right under the first amendment of our Constitution under the Bill of Rights.
The only ugliness of the day was the public display of freedom of speech gone awry which resulted in arson, setting fire to an automobile, throwing of rocks at police, challenging authority with bodily harm, which did send three of our officers in blue to the hospital, and obscene signs displayed through words and actions. Protesters could be seen holding up their arms taunting and shouting at police, “shoot me!”
Freedom of speech does have limitations when that speech affects the rights or reputations of others, national security, public order, public health, and morals.
I learn something each time I write. The original four verses were added to through the years. I include these as I think they reflect the times they were written and still proclaim our land as the land of freedom and liberty!
My Country ‘Tis of Thee
by Samuel Francis Smith 1831