Toby Keith Says ‘Never Apologize for Being Patriotic’ in 9/11 Tribute Video

by Keeli Parkey

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, there have been many remembrances shared by celebrities on social media. Many of them have reminded followers of the sacrifices made by first responders on that tragic day. Others reminded people to support the families of the nearly 3,000 people who perished because of the events of that day.

In a post he made on Saturday, Sept. 11, country music star Toby Keith urged his fellow Americans to remain faithful to the United States of America. Keith shared his thoughts in a brief video he shared on his Twitter page. “20 years. #NeverForget,” he also wrote.

First, the “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” singer urged his followers to surround themselves with their loved ones.

“On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 let’s all gather our family together and pray that God will keep us safe the rest of our lives and forever here in the great United States of America,” Toby Keith said in the video.

Next, he shared a feeling most of those who were alive during that day also shared. “We all know where we were during 9/11. And the impact it had on this world,” he added.

Toby Keith then concluded his 9/11 message by urging his followers to remain “patriotic.”

“Let’s never forget. Always remember. Stay vigilant. And never apologize for being patriotic. Godspeed,” he also shared.

Toby Keith Wrote the Hit Song ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’ After 9/11

One way Toby Keith honored the nearly 3,000 lives lost because of 9/11 was by writing a song. This track, of course, is his hit, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” It was also inspired by the death of his father only three months before the tragic events of that day.

Keith’s father was Hubert “H.K.” Covel Jr. He was killed in an automobile accident in 2001. Covel is clearly referenced in the lyrics of the song. They are: “My daddy served in the army / Where he lost his right eye but he flew a flag out in our yard / Until the day that he died / He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me / To grow up and live happy / In the land of the free.”

Keith has also described the toughness his father demonstrated during his life as inspiration for the song. (My dad) was a true patriot: He never complained about his eye, (which he lost while serving). … never complained about the time he served or how they treated him after. He just went back to work. He was just a good, old, solid cat,” Keith said, according to The Boot.

Over the years, Toby Keith has also brought his patriotism on stage during his concerts over the years. In fact, he is known for bringing veterans on stage with him while he is performing. On one occasion, doing so brought the singer to tears. This happened during a 2015 concert in Charlotte when he brought a 93-year-old veteran on stage with him.