Monday, July 4, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- This year's Fourth of July celebration could go down as one of the most reflective in history as our country searches for the security that once defined America.
Just four months away from what is expected to be one of the most contentious and divisive elections ever for the president of the United States and only a few weeks from being stunned by the worst mass shooting in history — near Disney World, no less — we, the people, remain on edge.
Perhaps that is why a powerful, soulful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, performed impromptu by Tallahassee’s Star Swain at the Lincoln Memorial, has been viewed more than 33 million times online and placed her in demand for appearances in national news and entertainment outlets.
Think about it: A simple, yet stirring, gospel-tinged performance of this country’s most revered patriotic verse is being shared by millions through a social media network usually reserved for promoting the latest single by Beyonce, Beiber and Swift.