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From Sea to Shining Sea

Pikes Peak in Colorado, from which Wellesley College English professor Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write her poem "Pikes Peak" in July, 1893. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

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!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry 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.

Source: Wikipedia


On June 22, 2012, 119 years after Wellesley College English professor Katharine Lee Bates stood on the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, and was inspired to write her famous patriotic poem, "Pikes Peak," the Sea to Shining Sea team of disabled veterans arrived in Colorado Springs for the evening.

The team would spend only the evening in the city, leaving the following day on their continuing journey east. Their passing of the famous mountain was one of many memorable moments in the team's cross-country bicycle ride, covering nearly 4,000 miles, 14 states and the District of Columbia.

With the riders arriving at Neptune's Park in Virginia Beach in the late afternoon of July 28, completing their two month journey, it is time to celebrate their accomplishment, both as a team and as individuals.

What most impressed you about the team's journey? Did you have an opportunity to see the Sea to Shining Sea team in person, or did you follow them through the media? Feel free to leave your comments on this website, and at the World TEAM Sports' Facebook page. Also, send your support by Twitter using the #s2ssbike hashmark.

Regarding Katharine Lee Bates' poem, it was renamed "America" for publication in 1895. In 1910, Samuel A. Ward's 1882 hymn "Materna" was combined with Bates' poem for a new song, "America the Beautiful." 

The 2012 Sea to Shining Sea riders dip their wheels in San Francisco Bay to begin their journey. Photograph by Van Brinson.The Sea to Shining Sea visitor area at Neptune's Park in Virginia Beach was set up the morning of July 28. Photograph by Van Brinson.

Reader Comments (2)

Congratulations to the whole team. My grandsons are still talking about those guys on the bikes that came through our town (Steubenville, Ohio) a couple of weeks ago. I can imagine all of you have a million memories and stories to tell. The very best of luck in all of your future endeavors and thanks for my families memory as well. Regards, Dan & MaryBeth Wilson and grandson's Martie & Nicky...

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Wilson

O Beautiful, for Spacious Skies - that you crossed our land "in Style" Brothers & Sisters worked together to pull "this off". Many, Many, Many people will remember you as you passed through their cities & towns and through "their hearts". My "Heart" will always be with you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGerald R Masopust

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