Re: Patriotic American song ideas for Memorial Day gig?
The Lee Greenwood song is your call. I'm personally tired of it after what, 25 years? It almost reads like a parody of patriotism, but plenty of other songs probably fit that description and have become songbook standards, so...just my opinion.
American Pie, on the other hand is pretty patriotic, but more from the standpoint of having to watch your country change into something you weren't ready for. It's kind of a goodbye to the perceived innocence of the postwar period that is commonly regarded as a "conservative" view of America, and a goodbye to the sensibilities that got the country there in the first place.