My America Why I Love Her

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Oak Creek Realty Group LLC MO# 1999078273

I needed to find something patriotic to do in concerts for the Southern Gospel Group I'm with. I got to hunting around and found something that John Wayne recorded back in the seventies. It does a pretty good job of summing it up.  I don't know who the actual author as I don't think it was Wayne. I use America the Beautiful as the backdrop to this. Its a good message for the Independence celebration this July 4th weekend.

 

 

You ask me Why I Love Her?
Well, give me time and I'll explain.

Have you seen a Kansas sunset
or an Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou
down Louisiana way?
Have you watched a cold fog drifting
over San Francisco Bay?


Have you heard a bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines,
Or heard the bellow of a diesel at the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at her Massachusetts shore,
Where men who braved a hard new world first stepped on Plymouth's rock?
And do you think of them when you stroll along a New York City dock?


Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies, way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia as she rushes to the sea,
Or bow your head at Gettysburg at our struggle to be free?


Have you seen the mighty Tetons?
Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you seen the Mississippi roll along Missouri's shore?
Have you felt a chill at Michigan when on a winter's day
Her waters rage along the shore in thunderous display?
Does the word "Aloha" make you warm?
Do you stare in disbelief
When you see the surf come roaring in at Waimea Reef?


From Alaska's cold to the Everglades, from the Rio Grande to Maine,
My heart cries out, my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me Why I Love Her?
I've a million reasons why:
My beautiful America, beneath God's wide, wide sky.

 

I've traveled to Mexico, Canada, Ireland, England, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. I've lived in New Zealand for 2 years but none of it compares to the United States of America. While we have our flaws, every country does, we still have the best way of life going anywhere in the world. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Those that want to throw it away haven't really seen the alternatives. What we have is worth perserving. What we have is worth dying for. What we have can be better, but it can also be a lot, lot worse. America, this grand experiment, has been and is worth the price. The price paid in the past, the price paid today and the price we'll have to pay in the future if we want to remain free.

Happy 4th of July!

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Judi Boad
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Thanks Walter!...

My favorite post of the day related to Independence Day!...

Best regards,

Jul 02, 2010 11:40 AM #1
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Congratulations this post is now featured in the Silent Majority Group of Active Rain.

Jul 03, 2010 01:43 AM #2
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Walter Hayes
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Thanks for the feature Nicholas.

Jul 03, 2010 05:26 AM #3
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Harrison K. Long
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Walter ... Thanks for this great post to help celebrate US Independence Day. 

I agree with you:  "America, this grand experiment, has been and is worth the price. The price paid in the past, the price paid today and the price we'll have to pay in the future if we want to remain free."

 

Jul 03, 2010 07:34 PM #4
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Harrison K. Long
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Walter ... I found the John Wayne vesion of "America - Why I Love Her" at Youtube.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQM1oLnMLNU

 

 

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Lois Davies
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Beautiful post Walter, brought tears to my eyes.  We are this Grand Experiment.

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