American Legion Post 344’s Executive Board authorized the awarding of a “Certificate of Appreciation” to singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood for his promotion of Americanism and patriotism.
Those who have attended dinner dances at our post and other celebrations with veterans in the audience will often hear Greenwood’s song “God Bless the USA” at the end of the night. During the playing of his song, almost everyone present stands, holds hands, and forms a large circle and sings along. Over the years the song has been recognized as a salute to America and the military, past and present.
Post 344’s Elaine and Bud Werner presented Lee Greenwood the certificate as a surprise at an “autograph” session where Lee was signing autographs on a Country Music Cruise. When Bud was in front of Lee, he asked him to stand. Lee was surprised but stood and replied, “Yes sir." He had no idea of what the Werners were going to do.
When Lee read what the certificate said, he thanked the Werners profusely. He said, “This means a lot to me.” And he tapped his heart a number of times. He was truly touched by it.