'God Bless America' brings together Alabama girl, blind Missouri veteran
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It only lasts 52 seconds, but a video of a Montgomery girl singing with a blind veteran will make you pause to listen. The song: Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
Cathleen Meyers-Hall shared the video of her daughter, Cat Hall, to social media Monday.
It shows Cat sitting in a chair next to Mr. Frank Halleman, a resident at the St. Louis Veterans Home in Missouri, as they sing a capella. Mr. Halleman waves a small American flag during their performance.
"She sent the video to me and I fell in love with it," Meyers-Hall explained. "She has the heart of an angel and loves this."
Cat, a 17-year-old senior at Montgomery's LAMP High School, is in the Youth Worship Arts program at Frazer United Methodist Church. The group is currently on a choir tour in Missouri.
Her mom says the group traveled from Montgomery to Branson, making stops along the way. It was on Father's Day when they paid a visit to the veterans home in St. Louis.
Once there, Mr. Halleman overheard Cat singing the song and asked if she would sing it with him. She obliged.
"She has been singing since she was 5 years old," Mom explained. "This is her 3rd or 4th choir tour."
Cat said she got to share a special moment and Mr. Halleman seemed so happy. "I wish I could better express it. It was very emotional," she said.
"Music is universal and even someone with disabilities or setbacks can feel something through song," she added. "Mr. Frank Halleman is a veteran and he is a patriot. He loves America. God Bless him for his service."
Cat says she "loves building life relationships and the memories with the Youth Worship Team from Frazer," but admits their annual tour is hard work.
She's unsure what she wants to do after high school graduation but could possibly pursue fields such as pharmacy, physical therapy, or even musical therapy.
"Kindness is powerful and so easy to share through Christ's love," she said. It's captured on video to the tune of a 100-year-old song.
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