More Than a Name on a Wall by the Statler Brothers
After visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, The Statler Brothers’ Fortune was inspired to write this song as a tribute to the sacrifice of the soldiers who laid down their lives for their country. The song was released in 1989 and made its way to the Top 10 of the Billboard country charts in the same year.
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Some Gave All by Bill Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus paid tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with this song, which he wrote in 1989. The song was released in 1992 as part of his debut album, which went by the same name, i.e. Some Gave All.
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God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
Released in the year 1984, the song won the Country Music Award (CMA) for Song of the Year in 1985. The song is still as popular as it was in the year of its release because of the loud and clear Memorial Day message that it delivers.
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50,000 Names by George Jones
The song 50,000 Names was featured on George Jones’ album The Rock Stone Cold Country in 2002. It narrates the sentiments of the singer after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, describing the pain and hurt experienced by the families and friends of the people who lost their lives on this day.
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If You’re Reading This by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw sang the song during the 2007 ACM Awards. He, along with the Warren Brothers, was inspired to write the song after reading about the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Arlington by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins sang the song Arlington to honour the sacrifices of the soldiers buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in 2005. The lyrics of the song have been written from the perspective of a soldier who lost his life on the battlefield.
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Angel Flight by Radney Foster
Sung by Radney Foster in the year 2010, the song is about the air crew that fly the soldiers putting their lives on the line for their home country. Angel Flight is a military word for the air crew.
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8th of November by Big and Rich
8th of November is part of the 2005 album “Comin’ to Your City” by Big and Rich, and pays tribute to Veteran Niles Harris in light of the events of November 8, 1965, the day when he and the 173rd Airborne Bridge were ambushed in Vietnam.
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Ballad of the Green Berets by Barry Sadler
Staff Sergeant of the US Army Special Forces Barry Sadler sang the song Ballad of the Green Berets in 1966, to honour the American troops.
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Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill
Go Rest High on That Mountain won the Grammy for the Song of the Year in 1995. Vince Gill started writing the song after the death of his friend, but ended up finishing it following the death of his brother.
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