As the Fourth of July approaches, country stars are taking time to reflect on what it means to be patriotic. To them, being patriotic means show their support for our servicemen and women.
For Kip Moore, his family ties to the military help him stay humble. “I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit,” he said. “My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remembering things. When I start to think that I’m halfway tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out, and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”
Dierks Bentley‘s patriotism is tied to both his support of our military and the country he sees from the windows of his bus. “I’m extremely patriotic,” he said. “I love this country, and I love the history of this country. I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country. The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind. We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”
Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman had the opportunity to meet a military spouse recently, which gave them perspective on just how much family members sacrifice while their loved ones serve our country.
“Kimberly and I met a young girl who is 21 years old and she has a third baby, and her husband has served multiple times overseas,” Karen said. “She’s raising these children at home, and doing a great job and the best she can, and he’s serving his country. And he’s making a monstrous sacrifice, but so is she and so are those children, and we just can’t take it for granted. It’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”
Luke Bryan has his own definition of what it means to be an American. “I think the definition of an American is somebody who stands up during the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ and stands up when ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is being sung,” he said. “Just appreciates what all the fallen heroes and soldiers have done to keep us living in a country that’s free, where we have the right to do anything we want.”