11 songs in celebration of Veterans Day

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Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor all of the brave men and women who have served this great nation in times of war and in peace, those who are still with us, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Day originally began on November 11, 1918, but it was referred to by a different name-- Armistice Day. The date is significant because it was the day that fighting in WWI stopped. It became an official holiday back in 1938 and would later be renamed Veterans Day to honor all American veterans of all wars, according to the Department of Defense.

Many artists and musicians have paid tribute to those who served by writing songs honoring their actions or remembering specific events. Here is a list of some of the country songs that do just that.

“Paradise” by Craig Morgan

Starting off this list is a song from a veteran. Craig Morgan served in active duty for almost ten years in the Army. He would go on to remain in the reserves for an additional six and a half years. The song “Paradise” touches on how going into the military is not only a shock but also how it is a privilege to serve your nation. In the music video, you can see photographs of Morgan’s time in the military.

“8th of November” by Big & Rick

The song is named after the date in which “Operation Hump” occurred. In the music video, Kris Kristofferson, a veteran himself, speaks about how on that date in 1965 the 173rd Airborne Brigade was ambushed by over 1,000 VC. Forty-eight American soldiers lost their lives in the operation. The song pays tribute to the survivors and the medic who save countless lives-- Lawrence Joel. Joel would go on to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor and become the first living African American to get the award since the Spanish American War.

“Dear Uncle Sam” by Loretta Lynn

This song by country music icon Loretta Lynn is told through the perspective of a wife whose husband went off to fight in the Vietnam War. It reached number four on the Billboard charts and was one of the first country songs to tackle the subject of war.

“Letters From Home” by Jason Michael Montgomery

This 2004 single from John Michael Montgomery tells the story of a soldier overseas receiving letters from his loved ones back home. It gives a look into the toll that serving in the military has on the soldier and also their family.

“I Just Came Back From War” by Darryl Worley

Worley’s song speaks on the effects of war on a soldier once they return back to the place they were fighting to defend. The song itself was inspired by a veteran that Worley met who was having trouble readjusting to civilian life.

“50,000 Names (Carved in the Wall)” by George Jones

Country music legend George Jones served in the military before he became a country artist. This song refers to the 50,000 names on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

“American Soldier” by Toby Keith

Keith is known for his patriotic songs and his honoring of those that serve, which stems from his father’s service in the military. The song speaks to how serving is not just something you, do but it is a choice to be brave and to serve your country without a second thought. The music video depicts the different wars that America has been in and how every soldier that has ever fought shows the same traits: bravery, loyalty to their nation, and fearlessness in the sight of danger.

“Still A Soldier” by Trace Adkins

In “Still A Soldier”, Adkins sings about how even though a soldier is back from combat and living in the civilian world-- they still bleed Red, White, and Blue!

“Mr. Red, White, And Blue” by Coffey Anderson

“Mr. Red, White and Blue” is a song about how a soldier gives up so much and may even lose his own life when he serves in the military, but in doing so he becomes Mr. Red, White, and Blue, a symbol of America. In the description for the music video, it says that the song was written for a young veteran who was able to get a home thanks to the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

“Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith

Another song from Keith paying tribute to those in the military. He wrote this song in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001. It was also a tribute to his father, who he lost that same year; the song highlights his father’s patriotism. This song has the iconic verse that simply states-- you do not mess with the U.S. of A.

“Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood

A song you probably hear every 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. A song that needs no description; a song that has a title that sums it all up-- Proud to Be an American!

From everyone at RFD-TV to all retired and active military members and their families-- Thank You For Your Service and Never Forget!






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