Country great Carrie Underwood honored the men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedoms we hold dear.
She recently posted to Twitter, sharing a message of gratitude for the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. And those who were willing to do so, putting themselves in harm’s way for our benefit.
“Eternally grateful to those who risked it all to protect us and our freedoms. Thank you to all those who have served in this great nation’s military,” she wrote.
“Eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those who have fought for our freedom,” the image reads.
Underwood has a long history of supporting American men and women in uniform. Fans will know her song “See You Again” well. She admits that she didn’t write the song specifically for military families. But after hearing fans with loved ones who were deployed or never made it home tell her how much the song meant to them, it took on a new meaning.
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In an essay she wrote for TIME in 2014, Underwood discussed what the song meant to different people.
“I would meet fans at shows or on the street, and they would tell me how long their spouses had been deployed. I guess, somehow, hearing that song helped them see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they could keep on smiling, knowing that their loved would soon be home.”
On one occasion, Carrie Underwood learned of a mother and father who planned on taking their daughter to her concert when he returned from deployment. Tragically, the man was killed in action. But the mother and daughter insisted on going to Underwood’s concert.
“I wanted to meet this young lady and her mother, so we arranged for that to happen. The mother told me the story that I already knew, and told me how much ‘See You Again’ meant to them,” Underwood continued in her essay.
Carrie Underwood was moved by the mother and daughter’s strength. She claims that she hasn’t performed the song the same way since that happened. And the Country music star has done more for the military than just writing songs.
In 2006, Carrie Underwood went to Iraq to perform for the men and women who were actively serving tours of duty. The best part? It was just in time for Christmas.
“You guys have been so appreciative to us tonight,” she said at the concert. “But we’re the ones who really appreciate everything you do.”