National Anthem Poll

Saw this poll in Parade magazine today and thought that I might ask you the same question.
I love the "God shed his grace on thee" refrain in that song but think that the current anthem should be retained. What do you think? Should we replace The Star Spangled Banner with America the Beautiful as our anthem?


  1. Nothing against "America the Beautiful," but I think we should stick with "The Star Spangled Banner."

    Just a thought, but perhaps it would take less effort to educate the public about the history of our current anthem than to change it. More Americans might appreciate it if they better understood the story and meaning of it.

  2. It will probably never happen but my vote would go to "America the Beautiful" :-)

    Have a great 4th of July!

  3. I think I would stick with "The Star Spangled Banner". I feel it presents a more realistic and less utopian picture and I appreciate it for that.

  4. New Zealand's anthem

    God of nations! at Thy feet
    In the bonds of love we meet,
    Hear our voices, we entreat,
    God defend our Free Land.
    Guard Pacific's triple star,
    From the shafts of strife and war,
    Make her praises heard afar,
    God defend New Zealand

    Men of ev'ry creed and race
    Gather here before Thy face,
    Asking Thee to bless this place,
    God defend our Free Land.
    From dissension, envy, hate,
    And corruption guard our State,
    Make our country good and great,
    God defend New Zealand.

    Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
    But, should foes assail our coast,
    Make us then a mighty host,
    God defend our Free Land.
    Lord of battles in thy might,
    Put our enemies to flight,
    Let our cause be just and right,
    God defend New Zealand.

    Let our love for Thee increase,
    May Thy blessings never cease,
    Give us plenty, give us peace,
    God defend our Free Land.
    From dishonour and from shame
    Guard our country's spotless name
    Crown her with immortal fame,
    God defend New Zealand.

    May our mountains ever be
    Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
    Make us faithful unto Thee,
    God defend our Free Land.
    Guide her in the nations' van,
    Preaching love and truth to man,
    Working out Thy Glorious plan,
    God defend New Zealand.

  5. My vote is with "America the Beautiful". I really like the words to both songs, but "America the Beautiful" stands out more to me.

  6. I'm a traditionalist, so I would vote for sticking with the current anthem.


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