You’re unlike any other place in this world. You conceived an entire generation of American music and influence it to this day. Your culture is celebrated far and wide.
You’re underestimated, given a raw deal at times, but those who have experienced your embrace know the beauty of your soul. You accept all cultures while holding onto your own.
You are the summer night celebration of BBQ. You are the rhythmic sounds of Beale Street Music Fest. Your powers are as strong as the currents of the Mighty Mississippi.
You are Grit ‘N Grind. You know what it means to work for every last thing you have. You know when to fight for what you believe in and stand up to those who belittle you.
Your people are proud to call you theirs. I’m forever grateful that we met. Our relationship has helped me develop mentally and emotionally more than any other point in my life.
You’ve changed me for the better. Here’s to your 200th!
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