Country music fans have heard country star Lee Greenwood sing his song “God Bless the U.S.A.” hundreds of times since he released it back in the ’80s.
“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,'” Lee told FoxNews Country. “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.”
Lee continued, “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.”
Yet, the song had never seen it take such a powerful twist as it did on Nov. 11 during a Fox News telecast.
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Lee performed his most patriotic song in front of a group of past and present military members. And as the stirring lyrics began, one veteran in particular seemed to be quite touched by the words of the song. His lips begun to quiver, and as the song continued, he almost couldn’t hold back his tears.
And for a moment, every viewer was reminded what Veteran’s Day is really all about.