The iconic American movie star revels in the beauty of our land through an incredible piece of poetry.
In this patriotic tribute to America, John Wayne gracefully reads "America, Why I Love Her" in a way that will resonate deeply with nearly every American. Wayne also released a book of the same name that speaks directly to the many glorious aspects of American life and nature.
The song has been used many, many times by radio stations nationwide and most commonly was aired at the sign-off of television stations until the early '80s when stations began broadcasting 24 hours a day.
Following the tragic events of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, radio stations dusted off their copies of Wayne's patriotic track. Many have referred to the poetry as "the foundation of America" and the song even earned a Grammy nomination.
John Wayne is an American icon: portraying cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners in a seemingly endless number of western films. This video is a tribute to our amazing nation, and John Wayne does an astounding job paying respect to our blessed homeland!
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 the cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay?
Have you heard a Bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines?
Or heard the bellow of a diesel in the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at a Massachusetts shore...
Where men who braved a hard new world, first stepped on Plymouth 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...in 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 winters day,
Her waters rage along the shore in a 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 gold 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 Gods' wide, wide sky.
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