Lee Greenwood Looks Back on 9/11 Ahead of 20th Anniversary, Speaks on Helping Vets’ Charities

by Jennifer Shea

Country music star Lee Greenwood never forgets the sacrifices of the first responders and veterans who have stood in harm’s way since Sept. 11, 2001. And now the patriotic singer-songwriter is putting his fame to good use. He’s helping veterans’ charities and performing a show catering to veterans in Huntsville, Alabama.

Greenwood recently spoke to Fox’s Neil Cavuto about the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the numerous veterans’ charities he works to help. He said Americans have a special responsibility to the rest of the world. And he believes in giving back to those who’ve gone above and beyond to fulfill that responsibility.

“I’m so proud of the fact that I can do that [do some good],” Greenwood told Cavuto. “I’ve done numerous USO tours in my career. And after 2020, of course, we had very few shows. [But] we continue to work with wounded warriors. One charity right here in Houston where I’m coming to you now live from, called Helping a Hero, and we build homes for wounded warriors all the time.”

Lee Greenwood Has a Special Show for Veterans Coming Up

On Oct. 12, Greenwood will appear at the All-Star Salute to Lee Greenwood with the likes of Big & Rich, Billy Dean, Lee Brice, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Craig Morgan, Deana Martin and more. The goal is to help as many veterans attend the show as possible, Greenwood told Cavuto.

“Our most recent project is a major show in Huntsville, Alabama at the Von Braun Center,” he said. “And it’s going to be a tribute to the music – after 40 years of music and songs on the radio, we’re giving tribute to the artists and the musicians and singers who contributed to all of that music. And we have a program called Adopt a Vet, which we are offering people, if they would get on our website, leegreenwood.com, and pay $100, and have a vet and his caregiver come to our show that night.”

“It’s an amazing television production with 40 different artists on the show,” he added. “So I’m looking forward to offering that chance to have our veterans see a musical production, filmed for television, that you’ll never see again.”

Americans ‘Don’t Give Up,’ Greenwood Says

Meanwhile, Lee Greenwood was in New York recently filming a special on Live Nation for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And he will be back in New York next week for a firemen’s fundraiser.

This anniversary is especially resonant to him, Greenwood says. That’s because he and his wife remember well the first days after the attacks.

“After 9/11, I was the only singer—the first singer to sing the national anthem at the Dover Racetrack, right after the attack on America. And… that was one that was just emotional,” he recalled.

Since 9/11, Greenwood’s song “I’m Proud to Be an American” has been taken up by many of his fans as an answer to the tragedy of that day. Moreover, Greenwood says he wrote the song to convey a very specific message.

“That’s why I wrote the song ‘I’m Proud to Be an American.’ Because there’s a lot of things we have to do as Americans,” he said. “And each one of us has a responsibility. And that’s my gift, that’s what I give back to the country. I’m trying to do all I can.”

Greenwood says that he, like many Americans, refuses to give up. That’s why he keeps coming back and singing his songs as best he can, no matter what happens.

“We don’t give up,” Greenwood said. “We never leave anything on the table.”