WRWD stopped by Noxon Road Elementary School in Poughkeepsie and not only did Mrs. Lacolla's 1st Grade Class Recite the Pledge of Allegiance but they ALSO sang "My Country Tis of Thee". [LISTEN]
Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in 1831, while a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. His friend Lowell Mason had asked him to translate the lyrics in some German school songbooks or to write new lyrics. A melody in Muzio Clementi's Symphony No. 3 caught his attention. Rather than translating the lyrics from German, Smith wrote his own American patriotic hymn to the melody, completing the lyrics in thirty minutes.