Toby Keith Raises ‘Red Solo Cup’ to Those Who Served on Veterans Day

by Matthew Wilson
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Toby Keith honors military veterans by toasting them with a red solo cup. The country singer posted a picture of himself singing for U.S. military members. In the photo, Keith and the crowd raised their cups in salute.

He wrote, “Saluting all who have served on this #VeteransDay.”

The picture references the song “Red Solo Cup,” which has become one of Keith’s signature songs. He first recorded the song in 2011, and it’s been a hit with audiences, especially at parties, ever since.

“It is the stupidest song I ever heard in my life, but it’s so stupid it’s good,” Keith told The Boot. “‘Red Solo Cup’ is like a squirrel loose in a church house. We can play it in an office and then play five other songs, give it an hour, walk out, and you’d hear the receptionist singing it. It’s like nursery rhyme stupid.”

Toby Keith Wrote Several Songs Inspired by the Military

The military has played an important role in both Keith’s personal life and career. His father was a veteran who served in the Army. Throughout his career, Keith has written several patriotic songs including “American Soldier.” Keith also wrote “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” to both memorialize the 9/11 attacks and honor veterans.

Keith’s father and his experiences in the Army inspired him to write the song.

“So I thought about my dad, being the veteran he was and the flag-flying patriot he was,” he 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.”

Keith Also Honors Military Veterans

Even when it’s not Veteran’s Day, Keith honors veterans and their sacrifice. Recently, he thanked a Vietnam veteran via a TikTok video. The veteran’s grandson had asked Keith to record a video for his grandfather. He said his grandfather had a rough year after a motorcycle crash and was a big fan of the country singer.

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