Posted by: Kath Usitalo | September 11, 2011

God Bless America

Old Glory on Flag Day, Maybury State Park

Do you know the story of the “song that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith?”

That is what singer Kate Smith requested of composer Irving Berlin for her radio performance on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938.

He dusted off a song he’d written 20 years earlier while he was serving in the U.S. Army, made a few changes, and delivered a tune that is as beloved as (if not more than) the National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

Check out Kate Smith’s performance in this YouTube Video of “God Bless America.  (Thanks to my brother-in-law Bill, who forwarded the link and info.)

The song that apparently, incredibly, will not be an official part of today’s 10th anniversary 9/11 memorial service in New York City. But it will take less than 6 minutes to view and reflect on the meaning and fate of “God Bless America” on this solemn day. Go ahead. Sing along.



  1. Thank you to those who serve and served , so we can enjoy this beautiful Faith filled land of America…God Bless America…indeed !

    • Bravo!

  2. We sang God Bless America at church this morning. It was a beautiful service. Americans have so much to be grateful for.

    • Amen!

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