Friday, July 8, 2011

Fuka Amelika

PHOTO: Lata holding the proudly holding the American Flag on the roof (long story).

During the school days when all of the Tongan teachers are MIA (missing in action), it automatically becomes "American Day" at GPS Matamaka, since I am the only one running the entire school. The students unanimously vote to have the American flag fly next to the Tongan flag in front of the school. They would sing out the Tongan National anthem first followed by me singing the Star Spangled Banner. For some reason they love it when I sing (I'm not that great). Here are some photos of the kids posing with the US flag. In addition, here are the lyrics and links to the songs of the Tongan and US National anthems.


'E 'Otua Mafimafi,
Ko ho mau 'Eiki koe,
Ko Koe ko e falala 'anga,
Mo e 'ofa ki Tonga:
'Afio hifo 'emau lotu
Aia 'oku mau fai ni,
Mo ke tali ho mau loto
'O malu'i 'a Tupou.


Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed 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 rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

PHOTOS: Flag randomness at GPS Matamaka

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