Beyonce Sings God Bless the USA

Moved by recent news events and the re-opened wounds of 9/11 families, Beyonce announced Thursday the release of her recording of the Lee Greenwood-penned “God Bless The USA.” 

Both artists and Columbia Records are donating their proceeds to New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. The single is available exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com).

Beyonce was a performer at the Answer The Call concert at Madison Square Garden on September 11, 2009, which also benefitted New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

“I cannot think about anything more appropriate to do to help these families,” said the entertainer. “Almost ten years later, it is still so painful for all Americans, especially those who lost loved ones.”

[ Also Read: Story of 9/11 is Not Yet Over: Statement ]

“On behalf of New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund’s Board of Directors and the families of our fallen heroes, we are truly grateful for Beyonce’s choice to support our charity and ‘answer the call’,” said Stephen J. Dannhauser, chairman of the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.

The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund – founded in 1985 by Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, is a volunteer based not for profit dedicated to helping the families of fallen New York Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS and Port Authority Police killed in the line of duty.

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