Let’s take a moment to show our appreciation for our military personnel. They have given us our freedom, a debt that can never be fully repaid. But we can easily express our gratitude, not just on Memorial or Veteran’s Day, but every day.

I want to share with you an incredible rendition of “God Bless America” that will leave you with goosebumps, a sense of pride, and an explosion of energy. This video is a powerful reminder of why we hold our military in such high regard.

When I first heard about this singing soldier, I knew he was something special. But I didn’t realize just how extraordinary he truly is. Only once or twice in your life will you experience something so incredibly moving. By the time he finishes his powerhouse performance, you’ll want to salute this remarkable US Marine and shake his hand. And you’ll feel an overwhelming sense of pride for our country.

“God Bless America” has a rich history. Originally penned as a prayer by Irving Berlin, it was brought to life through song by Kate Smith, the popular singer of her time, in 1938. If you haven’t heard of her, you should. Kate Smith, known as the First Lady of Radio, had a career in radio, television, and recording that spanned five decades. She became the “Songbird of the South” for her enduring popularity during World War II and her contribution to American culture and patriotism.

Irving Berlin, a name synonymous with the song, has a fascinating backstory as well. He was born as “Israel Beilin” in Russia and moved to America at the age of five. By the time he was 30, he had written hundreds of songs, with many becoming major hits. Over his 60-year career, Berlin wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including those for 20 Broadway plays and 15 Hollywood films. His songs were nominated for Academy Awards eight times. Learning about Berlin’s industriousness and success makes “God Bless America” even more special, in my opinion.

Watch the video below and feel the palpable pride and electrifying energy emanating from this incredible man. Keep an eye out for the awe-inspiring moment at the 1:48 mark. It will stir an urge within you to rise to your feet. God Bless America, indeed… and Amen.