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Excellent rendition of Il Silenzio (Taps)

The girl's name is Melissa Venema and she is playing with maestro Andre Rieu from Masstriecht in the Netherlands. It appears she is in her early teens, but says she has been performing for years. This performance is in 2008 in Masstriecht where city officials sealed off the town square and closed everything  down so they get perfect noise control! Note that the maestro winks at her to begin. The origin of Taps has never been established. The version that is most probable is that of a Confederate bugler playing Il Silenzio during the Civil War. Both sides adopted this version as what we now know as an evening prayer originally played during what is without a doubt the saddest time in our nation's history.

North Platte Canteen Dedicated To The Greatest Generation

The North Platte, Nebraska Canteen is the story of the women in a small town who devoted their time and skills to over 6 million servicemen who passed through North Platte during World War II. Their dedication to serving the military has never been equaled. Many World War II veterans still remember the wonderful people of North Platte, Nebraska.

Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" for the first time

In early 1940 Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her  country. She asked Irving Berlin if he would write her a song that could re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith.  Irving recommended a song he wrote in 1917 that was never published.  Kate played the song at the piano and was inspired. Irving offered the song for free but Kate refused suggesting any royalties be donated to the Boy Scouts of  America. Thanks to Kate and Irving the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties. This clip is from the movie "You're in the Army Now". You will see a familiar face (near the end) that would make history. Frank  Sinatra said when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his era, first sang this song on the radio a million guys got "dust" in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the "dust" caused. On October 26, 1982, Kate Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, by President Ronald Reagan.

Kiss-Gene Simmons

Unbelievable video from Gene Simmons and Kiss-without the makeup. The group was not born in the United States. They performed their version of rock and roll during the 1970's and never had any political songs in their act. All Americans should watch this, especially the "unbiased" press.

Tussing Elementary 3rd Grade Song

This song comes from the 3rd graders of Tussing Elementary School of Colonial Heights, Virginia. It speaks for itself.