This isn't really a Memorial Day song, though it certainly is fitting for those who are being memorialized. (It was actually first performed on Armistice Day, in 1938, which honored WWI...on the outset of WWII.)
Today, so many people perform "God Bless America" as if it's a hymn. But that's not how it was written, which is why I want to post this version. It's the first-ever performance, sung by Kate Smith on her radio show, on November 10, 1938. And as you'll hear, it's performed as a rousing march to instill inspiration. Other than the moving introduction and a point later in the song where it slows down in order to build dramatically to the final crescendo, there is nothing hymn-like in the song.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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