Like many country artists, Kellie Pickler is a long time supporter of our troops, and has made multiple USO overseas visits performing for our troops.  With the Memorial holiday coming up, Kellie reminds us “I know Memorial Day weekend is such a special time to celebrate with your friends and your family and veterans and people that are still serving in the military. And it’s really just about celebrating our freedom and celebrating how we got freedom. It didn’t come free, that’s for sure.”

She also explains why Memorial Day is such and important time and why we should not miss an opportunity to say “thank you.”  “Anytime I see someone in the airport or at the grocery store or anywhere and they’re in uniform, it really means a lot just to go up and say ‘thank you.’ I get asked all the time, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know how to…you know, I can’t go to Afghanistan, and I don’t…what can I do?’ And it’s small things like saying ‘thank you’ that make the biggest difference because it shows appreciation, and it shows that you respect what they’re doin’. Regardless if you agree or disagree with what’s goin’ on, it’s wrong to not say ‘thank you’ and give ‘em a hug and let ‘em know that you appreciate what they’re doin’.”

Memorial Day is especially a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who serve and protect us. Kellie says, “I’ve been so blessed to work a lot with the USO and travel overseas to Afghanistan and Iraq and Kosovo and all kinds of other military bases (laughs) and places, but I’ve been able to go over there and see firsthand just exactly what they’re doin’.  And man, I…it takes a very special person to sacrifice everything. And when I say ‘everything,’ I don’t mean just their time – I mean their life. Everything! Their family, their kids, their loved ones. You sacrifice every thing to put your life on the line for us, and it’s such a great, great, honorable, heroic thing. And so this weekend’s very special, and we just have to raise our glass to them and keep ‘em all in our prayers and always say ‘thank you.’”

Source: Sony Music Nashville

Getting ready to embark on her 5th USO tour, Kellie tweets:

Set your DVR for this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on GAC when Kellie Pickler, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Ronnie Milsap and other artists salute the military on GAC’s new series, Noteworthy at the Opry. See more scheduled show times here.

Listen to “100 Proof,” the title track from Kellie’s new album. Order your copy here!

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