Check out this classic clip from John Wayne’s Tribute to America program.
It’s short, simple and features major star power from 1970, when it first aired as a show titled “Swing Out, Sweet Land,” on NBC that celebrated a patriotic journey through key moments in American history.
The description of John Wayne’s series, which can be found on Amazon for purchase, states that it is a “lavish and thoughtful timepiece of 20th-century television and entertainment, presenting a parade of legendary stars in a humorous and hopeful celebration.”
The time-capsule series was created in response to further protests regarding Vietnam, with some of our beloved entertainment icons at the time standing out to represent their great nation. It also acts as a reminder that even in the 1970s, people felt as though showing patriotism for this country was an outdated idea that needed resurrecting.
I found Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby right off the bat, but can you locate some other famous celebrities, like Dean Martin and Phyllis Diller in their costumes of great historical Americans?
Regardless of time, this classic American clip showcases how great our country truly is, and also brings us to appreciate the reason why we are so free. Happy Veteran’s Day!