Recently a close friend of ours commented to SH, " I admire your patriotism. I wish I could say I had more of it in me." It's been of recent that I am seeing an increasing questioning of this country we call the US of A. Some of it might stem from my generation growing up in a rare slice of time in history with relatively few major wars and in its place, an amazing time of prosperity. We are becoming removed from the men that fought to make our country what it is. We might be forgetting why we have the freedoms we have as time marches on and puts a larger and larger gap between the generations that fought and the generations that live in the wake of prosperity our country has. And now with this never-ending Iraq war, cynicism is on the rise for sure.
Anyway, such mixed emotions over the Love of Our Country are not happening in Texas (or the east coast or Southern states)...Red, White, and Blue, hard work, and love for our country are the pulse of these areas.
So, when the audience would not stop cheering as they rose to their feet when David was done performing, he decided to do a sneek preview of his latest release, "the Star Spangled Banner". It's been commissioned for him to play it tonight (Sat, June 28th) in Ft.Worth, before the fireworks to a crowd of about 250,000 people - but the crowd in Odessa, TX demanded more, so he delivered.
Within 5 notes, the entire crowd rose to their feet, put their hand on their heart and stood in solemn respect as he ripped this song out. Chills over my whole body formed as I sadly wondered if this would happen in parts of Oregon. Out of a desire to not offend the Muslim population at an elementary school in Portland, OR they decided to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from their end of the school year ceremonies. When I lived in Ecuador or my SH lived in Germany, it was neither expected from us or done by them, that they stop singing their National Anthems or Pledges of Allegiance to their country.
In a few hours, David will be playing the National Anthem for the Proud Americans in Ft. Worth, Texas at Celebrate Freedom. He is on a line up today with Skillet, Chris Rice, Jaci Valezquez, Kirk Franklin, Lincoln Brewster, David Crowder Band, Aaron Schust, and tons others with Luis Palau speaking - all coming together to celebrate their country and their God.
Why do you love the USA?