On Veterans Day, surrounded by veterans, country singer and songwriter Lee Greenwood belted out his patriotic hit, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” on “Fox & Friends.”
Greenwood said he was inspired to write the song after he saw his grandparents lose their farm in the 1950s.
He explained the song’s origins more fully in an interview with FOX411 Country:
Well, if you remember how I wrote the song, the first line is “If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life.” I was raised on a farm in Sacramento, California. I saw that farm disappear from my grandparents. We were sharecroppers and there was grain subsidizing to Russia at the time. This was like in the late 1950s and they were paid not to farm. We couldn’t make a living. And so that was the first line of the song. When I get to the middle of the song I say “I’m proud to be an American.” I had not heard anybody say that since my father served in World War II. And I wrote that song in 1983 it was a time of peace. But I said, you know, we really need to do this and – there will be another song in 20 years from now, or 30 years from now, that somebody will honor America for but right now it’s America’s most recognized patriotic anthem and I’m going to sing it everywhere I can.
In this writer’s humble opinion, Greenwood’s most moving performance happened before Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, just over a month after 9/11.