Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saturday Song Selection - Ray Charles: In Solemn Memory

“Patriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” - Adlai Stevenson

In remembrance of those that we lost 9 years ago today -
May your sacrifice never be forgotten. May we honor you by forever staying true to our core values, beliefs and freedoms. And may we never do disservice to your memory by using the tragic events of that day to promote religious intolerance, racial bigotry, or for cynical political gain.

I remember, well, the experience of seeing complete strangers reach out to each other, comfort each other and aid each other. I witnessed courage and humanity - and I was never prouder to be a New Yorker. Then, in the days and weeks that followed, I had the privilege of meeting people, from all around the country, who had come to New York to lend a hand. I witnessed compassion and brotherhood - and I was never prouder to be an American.

From a musical genius, a national treasure and an American icon - the legendary Ray Charles and his incomparable performance of America the Beautiful.

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