A pair of Boston police officers ushered in this holiday week with a patriotic song that has inspired thousands “from the mountains to the prairies.”
With political, racial, and other divisions plaguing society, Independence Day carves a moment in the middle of the nation’s week for Americans to remember their blessings and celebrate the country’s birthday. Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty helped set the mood.
The Boston Police Department offered up the inspirational video of the officers singing “God Bless America” in their “Cop Pool Karaoke,” a play on late-night host James Corden’s popular videos featuring celebrities.
“Happy to see two of our officers, Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty, getting in the mood for all the upcoming 4th of July festivities planned for the Boston area and surrounding communities. Please feel free to sing along with them as they make their way through our city,” the Department wrote in a statement accompanying the video.
After a bit of talk by the officers about 4th of July festivities, McNulty said “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin is one of his favorite songs, though it is “underrated.”
“We should do a duet sometime,” McNulty suggested to Tavares.
“Everybody always says that, ‘When are you and Stevie going to sing together?’” Tavares replied. “Let’s try it.”
What follows is the pair belting out a beautiful rendition of the song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 during World War I as they drive around the community in the police cruiser.
“I like it! Alright, we’ll work on it,” McNulty laughs at the end as both he and Tavares share a laugh.
Besides the fact that this video showcases the great sense of humor and talent these officers possess, it shows the human side of policing and the camaraderie cops share with one another. Don’t be fooled by the negativity of some. This is who WE are. Bravo. #ThinBlueLine
— Chief Jeff Silva (@ChiefSilva) July 3, 2018
The video has been been seen over 180,000 times on the Boston Police Deaprtment’s Facebook page as well as being shared nearly 3,300 times.
The officers were showered with praise on Twitter as well, with many thanking the officers for their patriotism and their service.
This is amazing. What a gorgeous voice ?? https://t.co/gu1lAApypm
— Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) July 3, 2018
Wow! Brave public protectors AND Broadway voices. ?? https://t.co/eiaRcsAi15
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) July 3, 2018
You sing great together… absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. ? We have so many Great officers that serve our great country! Today, you wrapped both of these two Greats into one!
Hello from Kentucky!!
— Kim Kirschbaum (@kimkirschbaum1) July 3, 2018
SUPERLATIVE Tweet! MAGNIFICENT!! Especially the Lady IN Blue. Lovely voice. Great harmony. ??????????⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐??????????
— Chaz #MAGAveteran (@chazzman53691) July 3, 2018
Watch this. Over and over. God bless you!! May you go home safe tonight.
— This Really Happens (@teaching4reals) July 4, 2018
They are amazing! Brought tears to my eyes. Love this country! God Bless America! My home, sweet home! ????#HappyFourthOfJuly ?
— Kateri Allen (@AllenKateri) July 4, 2018
Officers Tavares and McNulty of the @BostonPolice department just gave us another example of why #Boston police officers are the best in the nation! Check our their beautiful rendition of “God Bless America” in their “Cop Pool Karaoke” below. What do you think @JKCorden? https://t.co/WZFLHPiHGP
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) July 2, 2018
While tomorrow may throw many back into what seems like the “new normal” these days, this video and all that Independence Day represents gives Americans a chance to hit pause and realize what brings us together as people is far more powerful than what separates us, as many would have us believe.
God Bless America.
I know we’ve become a country of pessimistic cynics but jeez, can’t we just enjoy this moment?
— Tim ?? (@tim_username) July 3, 2018
Love stuff like this – I really believe this is what Twitter should be all about. Lifting up people! https://t.co/R6DlkI8vpL
— Barbara Ansley (@BarbaraAnsley) July 4, 2018
This is what it’s all about America! Made my day! So proud to be an American and to see people show their love for our great country even with so much resistance to there profession. GLOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
— Jim Sloan (@jimsloan11) July 4, 2018
Perfectly beautiful. Not only the singing, but the very idea of it. Thank you.
— Lyn Powell (@vlynpowell) July 4, 2018
That’s my America.
— Deborah Lester (@Deborah10936384) July 4, 2018
That was awesome! May God bless America!! Happy 4th of July to all!
— Jan V. (@commonsensejan) July 4, 2018
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