The Mackinac Bridge, 1958: When America Dreamed Big Dreams, it Built Grand and Wonderous Things…

The Mackinac Bridge

“We will dedicate the Mackinac Bridge on Saturday.  But to whom or to what shall it be dedicated? A slim, serene span glad of its grace, superb in its strength, proud of it power to unite.  A marvelous, utilitarian monument made by men with the skills God put into their hand, with the vision He put into their minds, with the spirit He put into their hearts…It could be dedicated to progress to the idea that one must go forward, or wither and die.  It could be dedicated to freedom– to the idea that the five mile epic poem in the medium of steel could only have been built by men who were free, by men who built the Bridge because they wanted to build it, by men who knew that while they built it they were close to God…”  (“The Detroit Free Press” June 28th, 1958)
Image courtesy:  http://www.mightymac.org/

“America The Beautiful”
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
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