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INSPIRING: 82nd Airborne Sings ‘God Bless America’

In a terrific display of talent and patriotism, members of the 82nd Airborne Division, the infantry division of the United States Army that specializes in parachute assault operations into denied areas and has been nicknamed “the tip of the spear,” taped themselves singing “God Bless America” as a tribute to the land for which they fight. In addition, they also taped themselves singing the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Check this out below:

The 82nd Airborne, formed in 1917, is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the division has sometimes been rated the best trained light infantry division in the world. Members wear the “AA” arm patch, which stands for “All American.”

As the USO notes, “Every year on Fort Bragg, combat engineers from the 82nd compete in a re-enactment of the World War II Waal River pontoon boat crossing, a bold combat maneuver that greatly helped the Allies liberate the Dutch city of Nijmegen. 48 U.S. service members from the 82nd were killed during the historic 1944 crossing and are honored today by 48 street lamps positioned along a recently built bridge over the Waal River.”

Some of the World War II exploits of the 82nd Airborne were featured in the 1962 Oscar-winning film, “The Longest Day.” After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, units from the 82nd Airborne Division expedited evacuations, performed search-and-rescue operations and helped keep order within the city.