Happy 4th of July! and God Bless America!

God Bless America!

Canadian-born Celine Dion proves you don’t have to be from America to love our land, our country, or our people — or to honor it. 

Celine sang God Bless America! on September 21, 2001, to honor all those lost in the attacks of 9/11.

Do you know who was the first to perform God Bless America? (Cue Jeopardy music.)

Who is Kate Smith?

Correct!

God Bless America was first introduced to the world by Kate Smith on Armistice Day, November 10, 1938.

Irving Berlin composed the song especially for Kate. When she introduced it, she said that it’s a song that will never die. She couldn’t have known how true her words would be.

Listen to the very first performance in the music video below.

Before you do, however, the music video above includes some powerful quotes delivered in our nation’s history. I wanted to highlight a couple of them to honor this great holiday!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

~ The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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“Give me liberty, or give me death!”
~ Patrick Henry, 1775 

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God Bless America & God bless you, Irving Berlin, for giving us such a tremendous song! Now, here’s Kate Smith . . .

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And share in the comments, how you plan to celebrate this great day! Happy 4th of July!

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