Toby Keith Pays Tribute to Military Members on 17th Anniversary of ‘American Soldier’ Release Date

by Quentin Blount

County music star Toby Keith is taking to social media on the 17th anniversary of his hit song “American Soldier” to pay tribute to those in the military.

Toby Keith, of course, wrote the 2003 song in honor of America’s troops. The song perfectly captures the brotherhood and camaraderie between military members. It saw its release in November of 2003 as the single from Keith’s album Shock’n Y’all. It went on to become a No. 1 hit on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart.

Keith took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to pay tribute to all of America’s soldiers 17 years after the release of his hit song.

“This week in 2004, ‘American Soldier’ was sitting at the top of the chart,” Keith captions his post. “Here’s to all of our American Soldiers 17 years later. 🍻”

Toby Keith First Wrote ‘Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue’

As many loyal Toby Keith fans may already know, “American Soldier” wasn’t the first patriotic song the country star wrote. After the 9/11 attacks took place, Keith wrote “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”. The song not only memorializes the tragedy but also honors the American military.

Toby Keith says that his father, who was an Army veteran, helped inspire the song.

“So I thought about my dad, being the veteran he was and the flag-flying patriot he was,” Keith told CMT. “He did lose his right eye. He did come home, and he never did gripe about it. So that’s the reason I wrote the song — for him.”

After the release of that song, Keith began touring overseas and meeting with military members. Those meetings inspired him to write “American Soldier,” which focuses on the relationships that troops have with each other while serving.

“It’s written for all the times that I get to meet the troops on these USO tours,” Keith told CNN’s Larry King. “Since ‘Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American),’ the P.O.W.s and the families and stuff that have come and brought me back my old CD covers and stuff that they had and shown how much support they had, and this is my support for the American fighting men and women.”

Toby Keith has always had copious amounts of respect for military members. At his concerts, he always tries to meet with military members and veterans afterward.