A couple of country artists talks about what Memorial Day means to them. Dierks Bentley’s dad, Leon, served in WWII and was one of the fortunate ones that did come home from the war. On this Memorial Day, as we remember those who didn’t make it home, Dierks talks about the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the military, “These soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it. That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women.”
Dierks has been on voice rest all week, but as it stands now he will take the stage at the Alegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD on Saturday, May 27th.
Brantley Gilbert says that Memorial Day is a holiday that’s taken very seriously by his family back home in Georgia, “Yeah, Memorial Day’s coming up. That day is definitely heavy on my heart. It’s the day to remember those who laid down the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our country. Trying to embrace that concept is almost impossible but . . . My mom’s side of the family is a military family. That was actually an option or an idea for me when I was kinda in limbo what I was gonna do with my life. But I’ve got some cousins that have been over in Iraq and Afghanistan. My cousin Josh actually lost his best friend in Kirkuk City, Iraq, so I know that day’s heavy for him. And it is for all the members of my family that have been in the military. It definitely means a lot to me, not just because my family’s involved in it, because of what our military stands for. I’m a huge supporter, to say the least. Definitely, support for the troops is definitely right up there on top of our priority list.”
Brantley will be spending Memorial Day at home with his wife and other family members. His The Devil Don’t Sleep tour is on a brief hiatus until June 2nd when it resumes in Tampa, FL with Luke Combs and Tyler Farr.
Country music has the ability to help up cope with tragedies and sad situations. Below are some songs about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and that talk about dealing with the heartbreaking news of losing a loved one.