God Bless America

The words  in  Irving Berlin’s song written  1938 . . . have always touched my heart.

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,

        Let us honor our soldiers all over this land–

        And the world . . . that are protecting our freedoms

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ”

God Bless America,
Land that I love.

       From the shores of Lake Superior and

       Brimley, Michigan were the trees are still tall and thick

      To the breathtaking Grand Canyon at sunset . . .

      To the soft white beaches of Panama City

       To the Pacific Ocean’s  frothy waves in California

       To the beautiful autumn leaves at the University of the South

                  in Deckard, Tennessee

       To the mountain tops of the Lovely Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, Tennesee

        To the steps of our Capital Building, The Korean and the Viet Nam War Memorials

        To the hills and hollers in Kentucky and Owen County in Indiana

          To the flat farmland  where I grew up on in Delaware County

Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.

        May God’s mercy and grace continue to shine upon this great nation

        May we remember the words of the preamble of our Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.



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