As Memorial Day approaches, several country stars are taking time to reflect on what the holiday means and the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. Dierks Bentley looks at the time he spends away from his family while touring and compares it to the time those deployed spend away from their loved ones to keep everything in perspective.
“I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time,” he said. “That seems like a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers, they’re gone for months and years at a time 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 [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle.”
Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town echoes that sentiment. She and band mate Kimberly Schlapman saw the sacrifices first hand from the eyes those who are left behind while their loved ones are serving our country.
“It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home,” Karen said. “Kimberly and I met a young girl, she’s 21 years old, and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas. She’s raising these children at home and doing a great job and the best that she can, and he’s serving our country. He’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she, and so are those children. And we just can’t take it for granted.”
For Eric Church, he salutes the soldiers for their sacrifices and without them, realizes he may not have the freedom to make the music he loves. As far as he’s concerned, there is no better country in the world thanks to them.
“I don’t think you’re going to have any American argue that America isn’t the best place to live, and I’m certainly one of them,” he said. “I’m very proud to be from here and very proud that we have the soldiers. I know there are a lot of other countries out there in the world that don’t want to live the way we do, and that’s fine, they can keep living the way they are, but I’m very proud of it. I think that’s a time to celebrate being proud to be an American and celebrate those freedoms.”