‘God Bless the USA’ to be sung 911 times for 9/11 tribute at Staheli Family Farm

ST. GEORGE  Join with others at Staheli Family Farm on Sept. 11 for the “September 11th Tribute & Patriotic Marathon,” as Alan L. Foote sings “God Bless the USA” 911 times.

Yes, that’s right, Foote will be singing “God Bless the USA” a total of 911 times at the Staheli Family Farm, located at 3400 Washington Fields Road in Washington.

It will all begin on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 6:46 a.m. and will finish Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:46 a.m. – the same time the plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in 2001.

What would possess someone to sing a song that many times? Foote shared his motives in an email:

“When I heard that ‘God Bless the USA’ was being removed from a special (school) program back East several months ago, because … the principal (said she) didn’t want to offend other cultures, I was disturbed to say the least. At that time I determined that I would sing that particular song 911 times to pay respect for the song, the tragedy of 9/11, and to honor God, country and patriotism.

“… this isn’t about me singing a song 911 times,” he said, “I  am just one voice endeavoring to attract the voice of the masses, for I believe that this good nation will fall only as good people do nothing.”

Foote will sing in a tent surrounded with military colors. Military artifacts and memorabilia will also be on display.

Various veterans and military-related organizations will also be on hand for the event.

“… To a man, the Southern Utah Veterans Coalition, Patriot Guard Riders, ROTC and other national organizations, concerned with honoring and remembering all who have sacrificed in any way, are on board big time,” Foote said.

The Patriot Guard Riders with be on hand to offer security if needed, and maintain a round-the-clock vigil as Foote sings. Anyone interested in joining the Riders in this endeavor is welcome to volunteer (information is provided following the body of this article).

Other attractions at the Sept. 11 Tribute will include a solar light garden that will feature 3,497 units, each unit being a representation of a life lost in the terrorist attack eleven years ago. A flag arena on site will display flags representing fallen soldiers. Free photos with historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will be available.

A full schedule of these activities and others can be found on the Sept. 11 Tribute webpage.

Call for volunteers


The Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Utah will be providing a round-the-clock vigil at Staheli Family Farm during the Sept. 11 Tribute. Photo taken 2011, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of Dave Riggs, Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Utah

The Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Utah have been invited to participate in the Sept. 11 tribute to take place at Staheli Farm and will maintain a round-the-clock vigil at the farm to insure security and serenity for this event. The Riders will erect a canopy complete with lighting, table and chairs, and provide for motorcycle and automobile parking next to the canopy. Restrooms, electricity and refreshments will be available and easily accessible.

While the Patriot Guard, or anyone standing vigil with the PGR, is not expected to act in the capacity of a security guard, it is asked that cell-phones be available if needed to contact authorities in the case of emergencies. The PGR is there only to maintain a secure presence and to show respect and honor for the Sept. 11 tribute.

Volunteers are requested for the round-the-clock vigil. People by can sign up for two-hour watches at the PGR canopy on the farm. A motorcycle is not required for the event. Everyone is invited to stand vigil with the Riders.

People are also asked to give some thought to what times they could join us for this 24-hour vigil from Sunday morning, Sept. 9 through Tuesday morning, Sept. 11. There will be additional info coming on this as well as sign-up sheets to pick their most convenient times.

For any questions, contact Miles Kimberley at email: [email protected], 435-619-4524 or Dave Riggs at email: [email protected], 801-615-1946.

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  • Murat September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Will there be suicide prevention teams on hand for this event?

    • Dghws September 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Really??? Maybe you should sing or listen to “God Bless the USA” just once in your life. Maybe it would help improve your attitude and outlook on life.

      • Murat September 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

        It is a stupid song, and what a fool this guy is to attempt to sing it 911 times! I feel sorry for anyone who will be in his general vicinity.

        • Murat September 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

          I wonder which drugs the performer will use to stay awake for two days straight. He looks like a hippy, but cannabis will not serve him well for this purpose. If he is smart he will employ amphetamines!

  • DoubleTap September 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Murat, again….put the bong down.

  • Ken September 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Murat No one said you have to listen to it. You don’t like it go home to where ever you came from..

    • Murat September 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I know these things, of course, Is pointing out the obvious your thing? I am simply commenting. If you don’t like it, I don’t really care primarily because you’re an insignificant and ignorant peasant.

  • Matthew September 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I don’t know how stunts like this benefit anyone, except for the one promoting or performing in the stunt. A nice patriotic concert seems like it would do more good. Besides there being MUCH better patriotic songs out there, the monotony of the one song will appeal to a very slim minority of people.

    But, if it’s performance art you’re after, 911 times singing the same song might be a great thing to do…. just don’t expect big crowds.

  • Murat September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I cannot emphasize enough how much of an idiot Alan Foote is to attempt this. It’s the sort of thing that causes throat cancer. Perhaps he’s hoping for a nod from Steve Doocy on the Fox News channel. All for a brief, 10-second clip on Fox & Friends. The hosts would probably break out in laughter during the commercial break, exclaiming “what a kook!”

    • Dghws September 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Calling names again? Why don’t you try and post encouraging and positive comments for just one week. Might turn that frown upside down…

  • DoubleTap September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I suggest to Murat, try for a record on how many bong hits you could take before you pass out. Many would benefit if at least for the while you were out and unable to comment.

  • Kevin September 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    People just ignore Murat he is nothing but a troll who needs the attention his mother refused to give him!

    • Murat September 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      They can’t. I’m smarter and more interesting than everyone who posts here combined.

      • Dghws September 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        You may be smarter than some and more interesting than others but in reality most would be extremely thankful if you’d make constructive comments rather than the diarrhea of name calling and negative put downs that you so enjoy.

  • nathan September 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Look up dissocial personality disorder.You only need to have three out of six traits listed to be diagnosed with it…..Murat displays all six.

    • Murat September 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Psychiatry and its diagnoses are in large part frauds that have been foisted upon unwitting dolts such as yourself. I don’t blame you for being familiar with such ‘disorders’ and arbitrary clinical frameworks. I pity your pathetic plot in life. Must be stressful as a common peasant having to pay bills and mow the lawn yourself.

      • Dsull September 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Another scream for attention from Murat. Here ya go buddy, I’ll respond so that you can feel better about your pitiful, meaningless existence. It’s a good thing this comment section is here so that you can feel the benefit of people listening to you, even if the only way you can get a response is to post something inflammatory. I expect your type of response from someone with the mentality of a 3 year old. “Someone is getting attention other than me. Hey everyone look over here, I made a volatile comment. Lets turn the conversation to me and my crazy comments” The only reason you don’t mow the lawn and pay the bills is your mommy does it for you. Your responses to others take time because you need a dictionary to find all those big words. So much troll food. Hope you don’t overload.

        This benefit is about someone trying to do something for those he feel need it. It is a noble thing for any man to do to give of himself for the benefit of others, regardless of what that giving is.

        • Murat September 10, 2012 at 11:00 am


          • DoubleTap September 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

            Hey Murat, did you give up on the bong and switch to the syringe now? There are SOME people who pity you…I think.

          • Murat September 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

            Meh…is that all you’ve got, DT?

  • Mr Utah September 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    JUST FOR THE RECORD….Mr. Foote is just passionate about people not remembering the events of 9/11…there is no financial gain to be had. He and his wife are just putting an event together on their own free will and others are helping spread the word…so if you read anything more into what is being done, you are incorrect….as fare as how many people show, it doesnt matter, he will have support from myself for one and many VETERANS that we owe our freedom too, will be there also. SO SHOW SOME PRIDE and just understand not all things are about money and fame, and shut your trap if you have a problem with it…or better yet, go back to your home country or the gutter you crawled out of and mind you business 🙂

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