Utah man sings 9/11 tribute song 911 times

Sept. 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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WASHINGTON CITY, Utah, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Utah man Tuesday finished up his 911th rendition of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The (St. George) Spectrum reported Alan Foote's voice was steady as he completed his patriotic tribute at 6:46 a.m., the local time when the first hijacked jetliner struck the World Trade Center in New York City 11 years ago.

The approximately two dozen people on hand at Staheli Family Farms applauded the Washington City man as he finished the epic musical tribute he started Sunday morning.

"I will never get sick of [the song]," Foote said heading off to sleep.

"It's tough to reach goals on your own. ... It's never about one person, and I'm just grateful I could call on people to help. I want people who can keep their word. I want people who can be their word."

Foote's wife Sandi said he slept for 3 hours earlier Tuesday after getting far enough ahead on his schedule to be assured he could achieve his goal on time.

The newspaper said William Toole, chairman of the Veterans Coalition of Southern Utah and retired U.S. Marines officer, lauded Foote's accomplishment by paraphrasing President Andrew Jackson's observation about courage.

"One person with a conviction constitutes a majority," Toole told Foote. "You've pulled this off."

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