God Bless The USA

“I may disagree with everything you say,
but will defend unto death your right to say it.” – Voltaire

My grandfather was an Air force man who traveled all over the world when my mom was a child. She once had a doll collection that she so treasured because her daddy would bring her a doll back from where ever the Air force happened to send him. Grandpa taught his family many things but one thing that he instilled in us all was the importance of voting. So many have died to give us these rights and we had better take advantage. I loved him even more for that. It was almost comical the way he would check for our “I voted” stickers. I turned 18 in March of 1998 and we had a local election that November. My first time voting was a family event and I still remember it with a smile. My mom taught me the importance of thinking for myself and speaking my mind as long as I do it with respect and my grandfather taught us both that without our armed forces fighting for our freedom I wouldn’t have the right to speak my mind as freely as I do. These are the things I think about when I think about Veteran’s Day. This marks the 6th Veteran’s Day that grandpa has a flag on his grave but I still salute him as my veteran who is still teaching me so much.

The video below is: God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. I chose this song because it has always been my favorite and I have such fond memories of it being performed in my church on days such as this.

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with just my children and my wife,
I’d thank my lucky stars
to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American
where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the ones who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
from sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston
and New York to L.A.,
well There’s pride in every American heart
and it’s time we stand and say:

that I’m proud to be an American
where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the ones who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I’m proud to be an American
where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the ones who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

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