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Offline Rapunzel

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Just Try Not to Get Chills During Navy Petty Officer’s World Series Rendition of ‘God Bless America’
Oct. 26, 2013 10:56pm Jonathon M. Seidl


That’s how sportscaster Joe Buck reacted after Navy Petty Officer 1st Class (Ret.) Generald Wilson belted out “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of World Series game three on Saturday night. And once you hear it, you’ll likely be stunned too. Get ready for some chills:

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If Wilson’s voice sounds familiar, that’s because he’s nailed patriotic anthems at sporting events before. As far back as 2003, when he was then a 14-year Navy veteran, Wilson was being recognized for his stirring performances. Yet the lifelong Cardinals fan (who wowed the home crowd earlier during the baseball playoffs) remains humble.

“I’ve been singing in front of people since I was five.” Wilson told the Navy website at the time. “But you always have to remember who you are and where you came from. There is always someone out there who is better, so we all need to be thankful for what we have.”

So how’d it all start?

“When the Reserve Center found out I could sing, they asked me to sing at drill,” the husband and father of two daughters told the website. “They liked what I did and they asked me again. That’s where it started.”

And ever since, so have the crowds. Here he is singing the National Anthem on 9/11/2011 before a St. Louis Rams game. Chills round two:

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

Offline happyg

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I love that song. I get chills when I hear all the patriotic songs. You can tell this guy's heart is in the song. Excellent!

Offline mountaineer

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Thankfully, the director kept a camera on the Marines during much of the performance, and the reaction on their faces was priceless (and nearly brought a tear to the eye).
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but rather he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, April 16, 1781.

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