When Jeff called me to illustrate this poem, it was not just any poem, it was America!
It was after 911 and the nation was in turmoil. Everyone seemed to be united and Patriotism was running HIGH!
This was not just another poem, it was OUR statement for the country to keep on!
Jeff Hildebrandt nailed it in Spades!
I had to do it, and it had to be not just good, it had to be GREAT!
It had to be great for America and GOD!
How I started was that each cowboy in the poem had to be "On Guard and Ready to Fight for the Freedom Of America!"
911 was so profound to me that I called my friend, Michael Boguslaski, Channel 2 Newsman, "I'M IN YOUR CORNER BOGIE!"
I said, "Michael I am so heartbroken about 911, New York, I would like you to get me a Press Pass so I could go to New York. I want to be so broken for my country so I can help repair it!" I wanted to see and feel first hand the devastation and be broken. I can't explain it, but I knew I had to go. Michael called and got me the press pass. I made plane reservations to go, which was nearly impossible.
God intervened. Michael was let go from CBS News and I did not go.
This poem from Jeff, had to be what would carry my heart to help.
Each cowboy was ready to fight for America as I was also.
It went to the White House, the inside workings of the people in the White House and I received many calls for others who wanted it for them personally.
I was traveling doing western film festivals, 250,000 miles in 10 years and Cowboy Up America went with me. It is STILL me!
I WILL NEVER FORGET
I WILL NEVER BE HEALED!