10 Country Songs for Memorial Day That Honor Our Fallen Soldiers
Country music and patriotism go together just like watermelon goes together with summertime and since Memorial Day weekend isn’t just the unofficial start to summer but also the weekend that we honor the memory of our military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we thought that we'd share with you ten country songs that salute and honor our fallen soldiers.
While chatting with Larry King, Toby explained that 'American Solder' is, "Written for all the times that I get to meet the troops on these USO tours. Since 'Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American),' the P.O.W.s and the families and stuff that have come and brought me back my old CD covers and stuff that they had and shown how much support they had, and this is my support for the American fighting men and women."
Billy Ray wrote this song after sitting down and having a chat with a Vietnam vet. The song was on Billy Ray's debut album which came out in 1992 but didn't gain much popularity until Billy Ray re-recorded it in 2011 with Jamey Johnson, who was a member of the Marine Corps reserves, Craig Morgan, who is a veteran of the United States Army, and Darryl Worley.
'Travelin Soldier' was a massive hit for the Dixie Chicks, but it was actually written and recorded by a singer named Bruce Robison in 1996. Bruce told SongFacts, "I was working within a kitchen in Austin was getting called up in the reserves for the first Iraq War. And generally, that was the situation that started me thinking about that. I set the song in Vietnam, but those were the things that I was thinking about. If you'll recall, it took a long time for us to send all the people over, and there was months of amassing our forces over in Kuwait in the first Gulf War. Those were the thoughts going through my head."
'Just A Dream' is the haunting song of a bride who is trying to come to grips with the fact that her husband, a solder, is never coming back to her.
'For You' was written and performed by Keith for the end credits of the movie Act Of Valor and according to SongFacts, Keith donated all of the money he made from his artist and publishing royalties of the song to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
'Riding With Private Malone' tells the story of a man who buys a vehicle and eventually discovers a letter in the car from Private Malone which states that if the letter is being read, he didn't make it home.
'8th of November' tells the story of Niles Harris, a soldier of the United States Army during Operation Hump in South Vietnam on November 8, 1965 and includes some haunting lyrics such as, "On the eighth of November the angels were crying as they carried his brothers away with the fire raining down and the hell all around. There were few men left standing that day."
The inspiration for this beautiful song came from the real-life story of Jared C. Monti, a member of the United States Army who was killed on June 21, 2006, in Afghanistan. Jared’s father, Paul Monti was giving an interview and said that he would drive his son’s truck to remind him of his boy. "It's got his DNA all over it," Monti said. Connie Harrigan, one of the writers of this song heard Paul’s interview and that became the inspiration for the song.
‘Arlington’ was inspired by Patrick Nixon, a member of the United States Marine Corps who was killed in action in 2003.
In this song, James Otto sings, "There's only two people whose ever died for me, laid down their lives just so I could be free. They both went through hell bared crosses and shells and both got back up again after they fell. They never pick a fight but their there to pick up the pieces. God only knows where we'd be without soldiers and Jesus."