On Friday, John Wayne’s estate took to its Instagram page to kick off the Fourth of July celebration by sharing details about The Duke’s “American way of life.”
The new post features John Wayne alongside singing icon Frank Sinatra. “For over half a century, Mr. Wayne has served honorably as America’s symbol of the highest morals and prudent standards of our society,” the caption reads. “For a quarter of the era lifetime of the Republic, he has carried the torch to other people in other lands through his motion pictures. Even today, Mr. Wayne continues to express the worthiest characteristics of the American way of life to the far corners of the Earth in memorable motion pictures continuously being exported and shown and re-shown to until millions all over the world.”
John Wayne’s Involvement in “America, Why I Love Her” Poetry Album
John Wayne has a history of sharing his love for the U.S. In 1973, he appeared in America, Why I Love Her. The album of patriotic poetry was recited by the Duke himself. It consists of poems by actor John Mitchum and his brother, Robert Mitchum.
While speaking about the album in an interview, John Wayne says, “John Mitchum thinks like I think and writes like I wish I could. And he had written a couple of things and I read them. I said, ‘Gee, these are wonderful.’ He said, ‘Would you do me a favor? I have a fellow who writes pretty good music and I’d like to make a record.’ It happened kind of casual.”
John Wayne also says, “He has great feelings for his country and we had a rapport so I listened to him and we talked about different ideas. I agreed to do it. I told him, ‘I’m not going to put any money in this kind of thing. This is a record of reflection and I don’t think that they buy records to put their hands across their fat bellies and philosophize But if it eventually caught on a little I’ll be happy of rapport between everybody in our country. I’ll be very happy.”
How Fans Can Celebrate Fourth of July With John
Fans of the Duke may actually get to celebrate with him this Fourth of July weekend. The John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit will be open on July 4th. As previously reported, The John Wayne Experience is located at the 2501 Rodeo Plaza, next to the Cowtown Coliseum. The exhibit notably offers an “intimate” tour of the Duke’s life. Visitors can learn about Wayne’s life, from his early childhood and career to highlights of his legacy. The exhibit will be open on the holiday from 9 am to 6 pm.