JIM TOWLER: Yes, Congress has sung 'God Bless America'

June 30, 2014 

In response to Joan Bennett's question about Congress singing, I do not recall the hand-holding part, but the answer to the singing part is yes. I do not recall the exact timeline, but the afternoon of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack or the next morning, members of Congress stood on the Capitol steps and sang "God Bless America." It was a surprise and rather moving.


CarriereEditor's Note: The following is taken from the official website of the U.S. House of Representatives: On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, after evacuating the Capitol earlier in the day, roughly 150 members of Congress came together on the building's East Front steps to convey the resolve of the nation during a time of great tragedy. Senators stood by Representatives, Democrats next to Republicans, and the leadership of both houses gathered as a symbol of strength for a country shocked and saddened by the day's barbaric acts of terrorism. After members observed a moment of silence over the day's tragedies, those assembled broke into an impromptu chorus of "God Bless America." Members of Congress also sang "God Bless America" during a ceremony on the 12th anniversary of the attacks.

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