tv Reel America Honor America Day - 1970 CSPAN July 5, 2020 5:43pm-6:01pm EDT
, initiated by president nixon and several key supporters. president nixon didn't participate in 1970, but the morning religious service at the lincoln memorial featured the reverend billy graham. and bob hope hosted the evening entertainment at the washington monument. this u.s. information agency reports covers the celebration. missing is any mention of antiwar protesters who waited naked in the reflecting pool and were later tear gassed by the police. richard: this is richard slater in washington, d.c. each year for the past 194 years, americans have celebrated the esry anniversary of their independence here and in thousands of towns and cities throughout the united states. this year's fourth of july celebrations were something special. americaonwide "honor day," as it was called, was a nonpolitical observance with leaders of both political parties taking part. americans from all walks of life took the opportunity to find the common ground and affection for the country and to share that affection with others.
the "honor america day" program was simply a celebration of the 194th anniversary of the day on which the colonies of north america declared that they were from that time an independent nation. they based the national independence on the concept of individual liberty. here in washington, the daylong program began at 10:30 in the morning. [bells ringing] [drums playing] >> the morning activities focused primarily on religious with protestant, roman catholic, and jewish clergymen taking part. the location was the front of the memorial to abraham lincoln. and it was here that american entertainer pat boone opened the proceedings by introducing the star-spangled banner. america's national anthem.
>> friends, this song was written at a crossroads time, a time of crisis in our nations over 100 50 years helped unite americans, and we stand today at a crossroads and in a crisis time let's all sing the song with love and conviction. ♪ oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we , watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave
proof through the night that our flag was still there o say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? ♪ >> eagle scout don pickets, an indian of the pawnee tribe, led the large audience in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all. >> it was a time to for recalling the words of the man at whose memorial they had assembled, with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the right. >> with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the right. ♪ [singing]
shining sea ♪ ♪ america ♪ [applause] there was the evangelist speaker, billy graham. they: without freedom of press and an open communication system, we do not sweep our sins under the road. if racial exists, tensions exist, if riots occur, the whole world knows about it. instead of the iron curtain, we have a picture window. [applause]
[gunfire] a 50-gunfollowed 56-gun salute one , for each of the united states and its territories as the flag of each state and intentionally was brought in possession. ♪ marching scouts then carried to the mass flags of the united states from the lincoln memorial to the ellipse near the white house. here, the largest american flag in the capital flew above the flags of the 56 states and territories. citizens of all ages brought their small, american flags to
place the upright in beds which "u.s.a."letters ♪ in the evening, there was a 2:45 show, featuring american film and recording stars and hosted by comedian bob hope. bob: here is a gal we are happy to have with us, because she is one of the most beautiful people in the world. miss black america, and she is right here. [applause] ♪
the new minstrel sang "this land is your land." land, thisand is my land wasour land, this made for you and me , the wheatas shining , this landrolling was made for you and me this land is your land, this land is my land, from california to new york, to the forests and the waters, this land was made ♪ you and me
on ♪ruth is marching [cheering] ♪ [fireworks] >> fireworks have long been a part of july 4 celebrations, and thousand watched the exclamations as brilliant flashes of color lit the evening sky above the potomac river. it was a long and eventful day. hundreds of thousands of persons took part in the celebration at this nation's capital, while millions more, in their own way,
in their own towns and cities throughout the united states, took this day to affirm their love for their country. this is richard strader, in washington, d.c. announcer: next on "american artifacts," director of collection scott stevenson uses artifacts and exhibits to tell the story of the revolution from the 1760 protests in boston to the signing of the declaration of independence and the suffering at valley forge. president and ceo michael quinn also talks about the history and design, and shows what he .onsiders the crown jewels
george washington university professor takes a tour of the norman rockwell museum traveling exhibit. tim bray works by heart assist -- contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the four freedoms. >> next, a visit to philadelphia's museum of the american revolution. in the first of a two-part program, we learned about the location and design, tour the exhibit galleries exploring the origins of the revolution. >> my name is michael quinn. i am the president and ceo of museum of the american revolution. i am now standing on the plaza of the museum in old city philadelphia.