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Lee Greenwood may have already given 2015's best performance of "God Bless the USA"

In 1984, country music’s very own Lee Greenwood released “God Bless The USA.”

And in 2015, it’s still giving us all a serious case of the goose bumps.

Greenwood gave what we think was one of his most impassioned and perfect performances of his unforgettable anthem this year during the second intermission of the National Hockey League’s 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals on New Year’s Day.

With Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., serving as the perfect backdrop, Greenwood’s passion grew as the song went on, resulting in a rousing finish that had the crowd of 42,832 fans up on their feet.

“Performing ‘God Bless The USA’ is always special and meaningful in different ways depending on what the event is,” said Greenwood in a press release prior to the patriotic performance. “Getting to perform it at the NHL Winter Classic for the first time is a thrill for me, and I can’t wait to get on the ice.”

While the Capitals went on to win the game 3-2 over the Blackhawk, we all knew who the real winner of the afternoon was. Thanks Lee once again for reminding us all just how lucky we are to call the USA home.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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