Ten proud Marines gathered on a dance floor during a celebration for the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corp on Saturday (November 3). As they stood with their arms around each other, they swayed and loudly sang along as the deejay played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” The song itself often elicits tears and a deep sense of American pride, but seeing these service members so unashamedly showing their unity and devotion to our country might just make you weep.
The touching moment was captured on video by a Marine Corp ball attendee and shared on social media. We think you’ll agree that everyone needs to see this video.
Young Marines at 243rd Marine Corps Ball
Posted by Mark Jordan on Saturday, November 3, 2018
Lee Greenwood first released “God Bless the USA” in 1984 and saw moderate success. But, less than a decade later, as the United States became embattled in the Gulf War, the song grew in popularity and became Greenwood’s signature song. It again saw a surge on the charts following the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Greenwood has had the honor of performing the patriotic anthem at Presidential inaugurations, political rallies and numerous sporting events. Perhaps his most memorable performance of the song was during the World Series following the September 11th attacks.
The story behind “God Bless the USA” is nearly as inspiring as the song itself. Greenwood penned the famous lyrics not knowing that he was writing a song that would go down in history as a secondary national anthem of sorts.
“I wanted to write it my whole life. When I got to that point, we were doing 300 days a year on the road, and we were on our fourth or fifth album on MCA,” Greenwood said. “I called my producer, and I said, ‘I have a need to do this.’ I’ve always wanted to write a song about America, and I said, ‘We just need to be more united.'”
He sang “God Bless the USA” on stage for the first time in the Fall of 1983. The crowd responded in a big way and Greenwood knew he had written something special. After a few weeks, Greenwood moved the song to the end of his set as an encore performance because he realized that no other song he performed could follow it.
“It keeps having a different kind of life. I mean, during the Gulf War, it was a song of the war for [U.S. Army] Gen. [Norman] Schwarzkopf. After Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for life and hope, and then after 9/11, it was a song of unity and rebuilding,” Greenwood recalled. “It just makes me really proud that I’ve done something for the country and for my family. It’s my family’s heritage.”
We think you’ll agree that every time we hear “God Bless the USA” it’s tough to fight back the tears. So, be prepared when you watch these young Marines boldly display their American pride by singing along with the familiar tune in the video below.