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God Bless the USA

‘American’ patriotic song written and recorded by country music artist ‘Lee Greenwood’, and is considered to be his signature song. The first album it appears on is (1984) “You’ve Got a Good Love Comin'”. It reached No. 7 on the ‘Billboard’ magazine ‘Hot Country Singles’ chart when originally released in the spring of (1984), and was played at the (1984) ‘Republican National Convention’ with President ‘Ronald Reagan’ and first lady ‘Nancy Reagan’ in attendance, but the song gained greater prominence during the ‘Gulf War’ in (1990) and (1991), as a way of boosting morale.

The popularity of the song rose sharply after the ‘September 11’ attacks and during the (2003) invasion of ‘Iraq’, and the song was re-released as a single, re-entering the country music charts at No. 16 and peaking at No. 16 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ pop chart in (2001). ‘Greenwood’ said that he “wanted to write it my whole life. When I got to that point, we were doing 300 days a year on the road, and we were on our fourth or fifth album on MCA. I called my producer, and I said I have a need to do this. I’ve always wanted to write a song about America, and I said we just need to be more united.” The reason behind the cities chosen in the song ‘Greenwood’ says, “I’m from California, and I don’t know anybody from Virginia or New York, so when I wrote it—and my producer and I had talked about it—[we] talked about the four cities I wanted to mention, the four corners of the United States. It could have been Seattle or Miami but we chose New York City and Los Angeles, and he suggested Detroit and Houston because they both were economically part of the basis of our economy—Motortown and the oil industry, so I just poetically wrote that in the bridge.”

A music video was released for this song in (1984), depicting ‘Greenwood’ as a farmer who loses the family farm. The video was produced and edited by ‘L.A. Johnson’ and directed by ‘Gary Burden’. A second video was released in (1991), also on ‘VHS’, and was directed by ‘Edd Griles’. A third music video was also released after the ‘September 11’ (2001) attacks.

“God Bless the USA” debuted on the ‘Hot Country Singles & Tracks’ chart for the week of May 26, (1984).


Not Make It Home

A ‘United States’ federal holiday which is celebrated every year remembering the men and women who died while serving in the ‘United States Armed Forces’.

Many volunteers place an ‘American flag’ on each grave in national cemeteries, in (1906) that the first ‘Civil War’ soldier’s grave ever decorated was in ‘Warrenton’, ‘Virginia’, on June 3 (1861), implying the first ‘Memorial Day’ occurred there.

On ‘Memorial Day’, the flag of the ‘United States’ is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon, the half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the ‘Indianapolis 500’, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with ‘Memorial Day’ since (1911).

And for many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on ‘Memorial Day’ in large and small cities all over the country.