God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
From the mountains, to the prairies,
to the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home!
A local 5k race this morning started with a beautiful tune that we all know and love, "God Bless America." I did a little research on it, and wanted to share it with y'all. It was composed in 1918 by an immigrant from Siberia. Any ideas as to who this was?
Irving Berlin! He wrote the lyrics and then put them aside. In 1938, he was asked to write a song to promote peace before we entered World War II. Berlin remembered the lyrics and revised them. Kate Smith sang them on her radio show in remembrance of Armistice Day 1938 (when the Allies signed the armistice with Germany at the end of World War I).
Berlin established the "God Bless America" fund from the royalties that he received from the sheet music sales. He dedicated the fund to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Pretty cool!
As we celebrate the birthday of our nation, I pray that you will continue to ask God to bless America...now more than ever before! Enjoy your special time with family, friends and fireworks, but please cover the US in your prayers each and every day.
Happy 4th of July from my family to yours!!