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May God bless America

This morning, it seems especially appropriate to remember these lyrics:

“God bless America

Land that I love

Stand beside her and guide her

Thru the night with a light from above

From the mountains, to the prairies

To the oceans white with foam

God bless America

My home, sweet home

God bless America

My home, sweet home”

Those lyrics to “God Bless America” were first written in 1918 by Irving Berlin, who then rearranged them in 1938 as Adolf Hitler was rising to power in Germany.

As all of us try to understand the horror of Wednesday in Washington, may the above lyrics offer us a starting point to healing.

Former state Sen. John Moolenaar, now a U.S. congressman, in an interview with a 12 News reporter, said that, as alarming as this week’s storming of the Capitol was, the way to move forward is to start healing across the country.

“Ask people to pray for our country,” Moolenaar said.

Those words also were echoed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican.

“We must always remember that we are Americans first, and we are not one another’s enemy. That’s why I join with Governor Whitmer in calling on people of goodwill across America to pray for peace, calm, and healing,” Snyder said.

“As Americans, there is no problem we can’t solve, and no challenge we can’t meet,” Whitmer said. “Let’s all stay safe. Let’s take care of each other. And let’s move forward together, as one United States of America.”

May God Bless America today.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)

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