It has been 15 years since the Sept. 11 attacks that shook Americans to their core. But patriotism is timeless. Just ask Aaron Tippin.
Prior to that tragic event, in a writer’s room with hit songwriters Kenny Beard and Casey Beathard, Aaron co-wrote “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly.” That’s not surprising since Aaron is well-known for his patriotism, his love of his country and his unfailing support of our country’s military personnel. And he doesn’t just talk the talk. Aaron is a frequent visitor to American troops stationed overseas. In fact, his very first USO tour also happened to be Bob Hope’s final tour.
Unfortunately, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” didn’t make the cut for the album he wrote it for, but, according to USA Today, two days after the 9/11 attacks, Aaron recorded the song and just a few days after that, it was sent out to country radio.
Unlike other songs that were released in the wake of the tragedy, Aaron’s single was neither angry, nor heartbroken. Instead, it was an anthem reflective of the spirit of pride that Aaron feels about our country. The writers recognized almost every symbol of America from the flag to the Liberty Bell to the Statue of Liberty, creating a visual panorama of patriotism. The song definitely has a swagger to it though with lyrics like “I pledge allegiance to the flag, and if that bothers you, then that’s too bad,” but that’s Aaron for you.
Yes, patriotism is timeless. And “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly” continues to resonate, not just with the men and women who serve our country, but also with proud Americans everywhere.