August 17, 2022

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Hertzel: Rejoice The usa the gorgeous this Fourth of July | Athletics

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MORGANTOWN— Satisfied Fourth of July, a working day to celebrate our independence, a working day for household and good friends and sizzling pet dogs and beer, a working day at the lake or the pool, paddling together in the sizzling summer months solar, a day away from politics and collapsing condos.

Take pleasure in it in the yard with the grill fired up or at a neighborhood fireworks exhibit. You are absolutely free to stroll by the woods or hike to a mountaintop, to bask in the sunlight or simply to hug your son, your daughter, your mother or your father.

It is a day of all that, indeed, and of sports activities. For this is The us, and the whole fiber of The us is observed in its athletics, from a father and son participating in capture in the again lawn to an internal-city youth investing hours on a black-leading basketball courtroom capturing 3-pointers on your own.

The Fourth of July is a baseball sport in a professional stadium or a three-legged race in a neighborhood park. It’s a spherical of golf or a helpful tennis match,

It is a working day of tune, and is there any track far more attractive or meaningful than “America, the Beautiful”?

O lovely for roomy skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Earlier mentioned the fruited plain.

The usa! The united states!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy great with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.

Think about that verse for a instant. This land is my land, this land is your land. From the plains of Kansas, to those people mountains that rise out west in California and Oregon and Washington to these who give West Virginia its rugged natural beauty.

In all places from the East Coast to the West Coastline, from the Good Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, we are crowned with brotherhood the kind that is found in spouse and children and in the teams that make up the leagues and the online games we enjoy.

Peek out the window, wherever you are in West Virginia, and see people today having an early early morning run or youngsters actively playing a Minor League baseball video game.

It’s possible it is just little ones in the park actively playing softball, sweating and smiling, doing their point.

They may well be driving their bicycles or you, the adult, may be off by the hills on your motorcycle, the wind providing the air conditioning and the land a painting far prettier than anything at all you could cling on your dwelling room or recreation space wall.

Indeed, it is America, the Gorgeous:

O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassion’d pressure

A thoroughfare for flexibility conquer

Across the wilderness.

The us! The usa!

God mend thine ev’ry flaw,

Validate 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 prompted hardships for all people and that induced us to expend significantly far too substantially time alone somewhat than coming collectively on a each day basis in the American way.

But that flaw now is virtually corrected and normalcy is returning to the American way of lifetime, something to celebrate on this holiday that is designed close to the presents of liberty we have been specified.

Is there anything a lot more American than a West Virginia football video game, Milan Puskar filled to potential once again as it will be this fall when persons from around the state, close to the place, converge on Morgantown.

Possibly they were being educated at the college, probably not. It’s possible they only choose statewide satisfaction in blue and aged gold, worship at the altar designed by the likes of Main Harris or Darryl Talley, who this holiday getaway weekend are celebrating having their figures retired.

It is as stated so eloquently in “America, the Beautiful:”

O wonderful for heroes prov’d

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their place lov’d

And mercy much more than lifestyle.

The united states! The us!

Might God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness,

And ev’ry obtain divine.

The two of our most up-to-date recognized heroes came from another point out, Key Harris from Pennsylvania, Darryl Talley from Ohio, yet they turned adopted sons of our state, which actually is nature’s gift to the earth.

In West Virginia we all grow to be one particular around our athletics. 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 personal no subject in which their roots were being planted.

They occur to know that their roots are planted proper listed here.

Be it Mountaineer Field or the Coliseum, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium or Mon County Ballpark, these are the shrines wherever our athletic heroes glow and where by we can escape the day-to-day grind of a planet that seems at times to have long gone mad.

And so it is that we take this Fourth of July to appreciate what we have and to rejoice it perhaps as it in no way has been celebrated before— wanting as the track states, into a dazzling, superb American long run:

O lovely for patriot dream

That sees beyond the yrs,

Thine alabaster cities gleam,

Undimmed by human tears.

The united states! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy great with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.

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