Country Singers Reach Out to Military

The ties that bind country singers and the military got a little stronger this week.

Trace Adkins went before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies April 14 to encourage the preservation Civil War battlefields—and not just to honor the past. Trace testified before the subcommittee that the battlefields also serve as a warning for the future.

“American battlefields serve as monuments to what can happen when political wisdom fails and our differences are allowed to escalate beyond reason,” he said.

Across the river, in Arlington, Va., on April 12, Joe Nichols performed at the awards dinner for the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

That organization's president appreciated the way military folks were presented in Joe’s music video for “The Shape I'm In,” the song Joe performed Tuesday night.

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