I carefully read the Deseret News report on the Freedom Festival's Patriotic Service for mention of what I thought was the most significant part of the program. It was missing. Michael Ballam's music was mentioned, but his inspiring story of Marian Anderson's example of true patriotism was not.
He told of how she forgave those who denied her permission to perform in Constitution Hall because of her color. Instead, she appeared on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a much larger audience and, making no mention of the injustice to which she had been subjected, sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee." By telling this story in a respectful way, Ballam appealed to the "better angels of our nature" to let forgiveness, respect and kindness replace hatred, fear and pride.Thank you, Michael Ballam.