We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again and again and again, country stars are proud Americans and don’t hesitate to show their support and gratitude for America’s troops. Sometimes it’s through a USO or AFE show and other times it’s shaking the hand of a soldier when they pass in the airport. And just sometimes, it’s using a national television appearance as a platform to offer a musical thanks.
Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood appeared on “Good Morning America” Nov. 11 partially to promote the couple’s brand-new duets album, “Christmas Together,” and Garth’s new box set that came out the same day. However, when it came time to sing a song for the studio audience, which consisted mostly of uniformed soldiers, Garth decided to go a different route than a holiday tune or one of his monster hits. Instead, in honor of the soldiers present and Veteran’s Day, he sang the fan favorite “Belleau Wood” from his 1997 album “Seven.”
Quick history lesson: “Belleau Wood” was written by Garth and Joe Wood, and while it isn’t a historic account of the Battle of Belleau Wood, it is inspired by the landmark in France where the German Army and American Marines fought the historic battle in 1918 during World War I. The battlefield still bears a marker honoring Marines.
And the song still gives us chills every time.
American veterans, we salute you.