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The column for this week is taken from the small book, “God Bless the USA,” by Lee Greenwood. I was reading from some of my husband’s books, looking for an inspiration, and this seems to express the feelings of so many people of our country.

“I’m sometimes overwhelmed by this vast nation and wish I could see how America will change in the next one hundred years. As long as we continue to dream, create inventions and solve the challenges of an ever-expanding population, we will have the power to create a better society. But it is inevitable that the freedom, liberty and can-do attitude that characterizes us will be challenged, sometimes in ways that leave us no choice but to defend ourselves and the land we love. It happened in 1941 at Pearl Harbor and again in 2001 at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

I wrote God Bless the USA in 1983 to bring people together. We have our differences and that is one of the many strengths of our country. But even if we don’t agree on politics, I hope this song can let us sing together as Americans and perhaps our differences won’t matter so much.

I pray that God, who has watched over this nation for more than two hundred years, will not forsake us. And I pray that God would keep us safe from those who would do us harm. I pray for America, ’cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God Bless the U.S.A.

Cherish your dreams, hold tight to your ideals, march boldly to the music that only you can hear. Great lives are built by moving forward, never by looking back.

Even in our darkest moments, Americans have always had hope. By remembering our history, holding on to our values, and supporting each other, we have found the strength to face any struggle thrown our way.” (Thanks to Lee Greenwood)

Our service people know that when they decide to serve our country that they will make many great sacrifices. Most of them would not change the decision to serve. Let us keep creating a better society on the home front.

We do love the U.S.A.!

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