February 4, 2015
The national anthem Das Lied der Deutschen  (the Federal Republic of Germany now only uses the third verse). In 1841, the German linguist and poet August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the lyrics of “Das Lied der Deutschen” to Joseph Haydn‘s 1797 melody. Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, Über alles in der Welt, Wenn es stets zu Schutz […]
December 30, 2013
Japan’s conservative government is considering a requirement that school history textbooks nurture patriotism and include nationalist views of World War II, a departure from the current mainstream texts.   A Shifting View of Japanese History – NYTimes.com.
May 27, 2013
    The moon gives you light, And the bugles and the drums give you music; And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, My heart gives you love. – from Walt Whitman “Dirge for Two Veterans” in Leaves of Grass 1867.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
December 3, 2012
The lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner  are from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The tune is from the popular British song Anacreon in Heaven written by John Stafford Smith in the 1760s. The Star-Spangled Banner was used by the U.S. Navy in 1889, by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, […]

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