• On this upcoming Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th), Tim McGraw tries to keep the men and women of our military top of mind. He tells us that as Americans, we owe them a big debt of gratitude. “We feel safe and secure with our family because of those guys. They put their life on the line. They put their families on the back burner because they have to be away while we sit in our comfortable homes and we take our kids to a great school and we drive in our cars to places and we feel safe. They provide that.”
• Dierks Bentley’s dad served in WW2, so he grew up with a deep appreciation of military veterans. And although Memorial Day is set aside to honor fallen soldiers, it’s also when a lot of people take time to thank those who serve. Dierks shared this: “On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know. 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 – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months — and they have family back home. That, 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. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without those courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”
• Eli Young Band will join the 2022 National Memorial Day Parade as it returns to Washington, D.C. for the first time since prior to the pandemic. The band will perform “Love Ain’t” on the broadcast, and those watching in-person at 7th and Constitution Ave. will also get to hear Eli Young Band's latest single “Love Talking,” which they'll perform at 1 p.m. ET. The parade will be live streamed on Monday (May 30th) on both YouTube and Facebook beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
The National Memorial Day Parade will be nationally syndicated on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW stations, airing throughout the month of June. In addition, it will be broadcast to U.S. troops serving around the world and on Navy ships at sea on American Forces Network.
• As someone who has relatives who are active in the military, Carly Pearce realizes that when you volunteer to serve our country, it’s a decision that affects the entire family. As this Memorial Day weekend draws closer, Carly tells us she's very grateful for these brave men and women, as well as their families. “I feel like families who have someone or a loved one in the military it is a whole family sacrifice. You have to think about life with this person in a different city, in a different state, in a different country. You don’t know when you’re gonna be able to speak to them. They may be gone for a long periods of time, they may be gone suddenly. It takes a toll on a family and I think there has to be strength throughout the family, and it’s just a really amazing thing that people are strong enough to handle those things and want to make that sacrifice all around for our country."