Scotty McCreery honors veterans with this tribute to a fallen war hero ScottyMcCreeryOfficial/YouTube screenshot
ScottyMcCreeryOfficial/YouTube screenshot

Many country music stars proudly show their support for the military through music. But, every now and then, a song comes along that touches the soul and the heart just a little bit more.

One of those songs is “The Dash,” from Scotty McCreery’s 2013 album, “See You Tonight.”

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In the spirit of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday, Scotty posted a simple message on Twitter. He wrote, “On this Veteran’s Day, remembering Vets with us AND those who didn’t make it home.” With that note, Scotty included his powerful music video for “Dash.”

The heartfelt clip above created by Josh Carter shows footage of a mother and child flipping through an album of special memories they shared with their beloved soldier. Midway through the montage, it’s clear to see that those photos stem from a real-life story.

In fact, “The Dash” was particularly personal for both Scotty and one Tennessee-based military family who lost their loved one in the line of duty. U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was fatally shot while serving in Afghanistan. He died in February of 2011. Andrew’s family was left to pick up the pieces. At the time, Andrew’s wife, Chrissie Ponder, was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Landon.

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A month following her husband’s death, Chrissie gave birth to her son. “We were all very excited, but at the same time, really wishing that Andy was going to be there,” said Chrissie in an interview with WKRN, “She has a spitting image of Andy right there.”

Scotty shares ties to Andrew’s story, because Chrissie’s cousin, Nathan Thomas, is his bandmate. Watch Scotty’s tear-soaking tribute to the men and woman who have served in the armed forces above.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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