Charlie Daniels, a country music legend, was honored on Election Day.
In an Instagram post, the Charlie Daniels Band announced that both the American flag and the flag of the state of Tennessee are now flying over the singer’s final resting place. “Today is the perfect day for this to happen,” the post said. “Old Glory and the Tennessee state flag now mark Charlie’s grave in Mt. Juliet.”
The post had received more than 1,300 likes by Tuesday evening. The popular singer and fiddle player died on July 6, 2020, following a stroke.
Adding the flags over Daniels’ grave occurred just a few days after what would have been the singer’s 84th birthday. Daniels was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in North Carolina. Before he became a famed country music star, Elvis Presley recorded Daniels’ song, “It Hurts Me.”
His fiddle playing and deep baritone voice propelled Daniels to fame and he became a country music legend. His most popular song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” showcased his voice and his skills with a fiddle. The song was released in 1979 and remained a must-hear for fans throughout Daniels’ career.
Charlie Daniels’ Son Pens Letter
A few days before Daniels’ birthday this year, his son, Charlie Daniels Jr., wrote a letter in memory of his late father.
“This is the first of the “Sadiversaries” that I wrote about recently. But it seemed so much further off when I wrote about them, now It’s almost here,” Charlie Daniels Jr. wrote in the essay. “This will be difficult, there were plenty of times when dad wasn’t home for his birthday, but I don’t ever remember not speaking to him and wishing him a Happy Birthday, so it’s going to be rough.”
He went on to express concern for his mother, Hazel, and asked for prayers for her.