God Bless America!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless America was originally written by legendary composer, Irving Berlin in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Army.  At the time, he couldn’t find an appropriate show to use it in, so he set it aside.  It wasn’t until after the rise of Hitler in 1938 that Berlin, who was Jewish and a first generation European immigrant, dusted off the sheet music and put it to work.  The song was introduced to the American public on an Armistice Day radio broadcast, sung by Kate SmithGod Bless America was a huge hit, and for a while, there was even a movement to make the song our national anthem. It didn’t happen, but the song’s popularity with the American public has never waned.  It’s one of my all time favorites, never failing to draw a tear or two from my eyes, which is why I wanted to share it with you on this Independence Day.

It was also a favorite of my father’s.  He immigrated to the United States on July 17, 1956.  Becoming a United States citizen was one of the proudest moments of his life. My father truly understood and appreciated the freedoms and opportunities that he enjoyed as an American.  He once told me that when he woke up each morning the first thought in his head was “God bless America”.  I know this must be so, for I can’t count the number of times I heard him say it out loud.

This one’s for you, Dad!

Here’s wishing you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

Fourth-of-July-2010

10 responses to God Bless America!

  1. On July 04, 2010 at 2:06am, bellini valli said...

    My parents also immigrated to Canada in 1956, but in March. What a wonderful and full life our parents have led. Have a wonderful July 4th Susan. There is not doubt there will be plenty of good food and family.

    • On July 04, 2010 at 11:31am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Val! Where did your parent emigrate from?

  2. On July 04, 2010 at 5:23am, Rosa said...

    Happy 4th of July!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. On July 04, 2010 at 9:46am, Tracey@Tangled Noodle said...

    Happy 4th of July to you and your family! May we all remember and appreciate all that is best about this nation.

    • On July 04, 2010 at 11:31am, Susan said...

      Amen to that, Tracey! :)

  4. On July 04, 2010 at 11:11am, ingrid said...

    Amen!

    I’m whipping my tears now. :)
    ~ingrid

  5. On July 04, 2010 at 11:12am, ingrid said...

    Ooops, darn, wiping…..
    ~ingrid

    • On July 04, 2010 at 11:32am, Susan said...

      Lol! I knew that. ;)

  6. On July 04, 2010 at 4:04pm, Tina Pinho said...

    What a wonderful article and tribute for this 4th of July and especially Kate Smith (which by the way is the same date birth as mine) May 1! Thank You, you made my day!

  7. On July 04, 2010 at 8:12pm, gfe--gluten free easily said...

    What a lovely post, Susan! I was especially moved when I saw that your father immigrated on my actual birthday.

    Hugs and happy 4th!

    Shirley

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