BOISE, Idaho A patriotic song written by a Church member was performed July 1 at the rededication of a federal building in Boise, Idaho. "God Bless America, Again," written by Deanne Porter Casperson of the Blackfoot 9th Ward, Blackfoot Idaho East Stake, was performed by a small choir during the renaming of the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The song was also performed on the steps of the state capitol during a rally earlier in the day.
Sister Casperson, a choir teacher at Blackfoot High School in southeastern Idaho, wrote the song in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and in Washington, D.C.
A compact disc with the song has been sold through the Blackfoot school district, with proceeds going to a school auditorium and gym fund. In addition, the song, which contains a quote from U.S. President George W. Bush after the attacks, was played recently for the president by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson.
"I told the president that this song has brought comfort to many people," Rep. Simpson said in a press release. "It is an emotional, stirring anthem that reminds us all that Americans have fought for freedom in the past and will continue with the same fervor in our current war against terrorism. I also told President Bush that his words personally inspired Deanne. The song is truly a gift from Idaho to the entire United States of America."