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Reasons & Remarks: Filled With Pride

Reprinted from PN October 2001
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On Tuesday September 11, 2001, America was attacked and under siege. That day, like December 7, 1941, will go down in the annals of history as a day of infamy. The unthinkable happened as terrorists invaded our sacred shores in an attempt to destroy our freedom and shatter the American spirit. But, just the opposite happened. Flags waved from sea to shining sea, and America's pride erupted from within, from the very people who love their freedom, their liberty, and their country.

While the words "God Bless America" echoed around the world, a spiritual giant once again awakened. As Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) members pondered their own call to arms in defense of America, another patriotic song came to mind: Lee Greenwood's heart-wrenching "God Bless the USA."

PVAers may recall the organization's 40th Annual Convention in Memphis in 1986 and Greenwood's concert there. PVA and Greenwood had a special relationship; the words to his song are as poignant to our members now (if not more so) as they were back then.



"GOD BLESS THE U.S.A."

If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,

And I had to start again with just my children and my wife,

I'd thank my lucky stars to be livin' here today,

'Cause the flag still stands for freedom—and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.

And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land—God bless the U.S.A.



From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee,

Across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to L.A.,

Well, there's pride in every American heart, and it's time to stand and say...that

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.

And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land—God bless the U.S.A.

— Lee Greenwood

 

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