LUKE: Hey, wave a flag and sing “God Bless America”, please?”
“God Bless America”, patriotic song written by Irving Berlin during World War I in 1918 and revised by him in the run up to World War II in 1938. The later version was notably recorded by Kate Smith, becoming her signature song. It takes the form of a prayer for God’s blessing and peace for the nation.
It is often sung in patriotic contexts, and following the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Celine Dion performed it on a television special, and her version was released on a benefit album called God Bless America, which debuted at #1.