While he loved baseball he loved being an American even more. David couldn’t wait for the seventh inning stretch to arrive. The moment Kate Smith belted out the words, “God bless America” David was on his feet with his right hand firmly planted over his heart. He sang with gusto as if he had joined Kate in the middle of the Yankee stadium, joining with all of America to petition God to “Stand beside her and guide her,Through the night with a light from above.” More than once I saw tears leak from the corner of his eyes as expressed his patriotism and love for his county. He always had a front row seat at the 4th of July parade, waiving his flag and applauding the men and women in uniform who bravely fought for our freedom as Americans. I miss his passion and love for our great county.
So on behalf of David, I wish you a Happy 4th of July! May we never forget the great cost and sacrifice made by men and woman who loved our county like David did. We are truly blessed to live in the land known as our “home sweet home.”
If you have a moment you can click on this link and listen to Kate sing God Bless America. Listen real hard and you just may hear David harmonizing with Kate: God Bless America!