A good friend of mine sent me a link that shows that even international people around the world understand the connection to the home state of my wife and kids. The link it was titled, "Even the Commies get it."
The short version of the story, A Finnish rock band, The Leningrad Cowboys, and the Russian Red Army Chior came together in concert to sing of all songs, (Please stand, and place your hand over your heart!) "Sweet Home Alabama"! The longer version of the story can be found on Russia Blog
You have to watch the video.