George Strait Says ‘God Bless Our Heroes’ in Memorial Day Tribute

by Jennifer Shea

Country legend George Strait is remembering those who’ve lost their lives defending freedom in a new Instagram post.

On Monday, Strait posted an image of himself set against a red, white and blue backdrop. Included was a banner reading, “Happy Memorial Day.”

“God bless our heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice! Happy Memorial Day!” Strait posted.

George Strait Pays Tribute With ‘The Weight of the Badge’

Several days ago, Strait honored military men and women as well as first responders by sharing a lyric video of “The Weight of the Badge.” That George Strait song was inspired by a police officer.

How did it happen? Well, in 2018, Strait was named Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference. He received the honor for his work raising funds and awareness for Hurricane Harvey relief.

“He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans,” Conference Chair and former Texas State Representative Doug Miller said in a statement. “And they have.”

At the ceremony where he received the award, Strait ran into a police officer and spoke with him about his work. The conversation really stuck with Strait, and he ended up writing a song about it. The song, “The Weight of the Badge,” imagines the perspective of an officer who has followed in his father’s footsteps.

“He’s seen it all in his fifteen years/Watching our backs, facing our fears/Lord knows it ain’t no easy task/Keeping us safe under the weight of the badge,” the song goes.

For Memorial Day, Strait expanded that sentiment to apply to soldiers as well. “Remembering those who carry the weight of the badge this Memorial Day Weekend,” Strait tweeted.

Strait Is Preparing to Headline the Austin City Limits Festival

Meanwhile, Strait has been lining up concert dates, and prominent among them is the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Strait will play one show during the festival’s six-day run in Austin’s Zilker Park.

It will reportedly be Strait’s first time playing Austin City Limits. He joins an impressive lineup which includes Jon Pardi, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Rufus Du Sol, DaBaby, and Erykah Badu, among others.

According to the festival’s website, both one-day tickets and three-day tickets are now sold out. But never fear: Strait is also playing shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston later this year and early next year.