The Soviet national anthem, as broadcast in 1984 on state television.
Here we see a vision of a mighty empire and a proud people. Here we listen to a soaring hymn to the glories of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
In little more than seven years -- on Dec. 26, 1991 -- the Soviet Union ceased to be.
OUR AMERICAN national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," as broadcast in 1984 at the close of another broadcast day for Buffalo, N.Y.'s public television station.
Here we see a vision of a mighty empire and a proud people. Here we listen to a soaring hymn to the glories of "the land of the free and the home of the brave."
In little more than. . . .
Sic transit gloria mundi. Thus passes the glory of the world.
Americans would do well to remember that.