Did you know that Charlie Daniels’s celebrated his 80th birthday on November 30? Well, if you missed it, he hosted a patriotic Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. There were a lot of amazing moments at the event. Randy Travis got up and made a surprise appearance that the audience loved. And his part in the final true jam session that closed out the show left the audience speechless with joy and love for the beautiful country music.
But for the majority of Americans another moment stuck out as equally beautiful as the jam. That was when Charlie took the stage and shouted out at the audience in joy. Why? Because he and the 17,000 people in the audience were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. And you can bet that not one person in Charlie Daniels’s audience took a knee or a seat “in protest”. Watch the heartfelt patriotism unfold in the video below. If you’re a red-blooded American, it could bring a tear of joy to your eye to know that there are still lots of people out there who believe in American values.
Although the Pledge of Allegiance moment was memorable, before that came, Charlie took an opportunity to reveal something personal to the audience on his birthday performance. He spoke up about why he appreciates the men and women who serve America in the military.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am 80 years old,” he said, before pausing as the applause thundered. “I’m pretty happy about it, too, but I have lived through a lot of wars and skirmishes and, what they call, police actions in my life. I go back to the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. I am firmly convinced in my heart of hearts that only two things protect America — the grace of God and the United States military.”
The audience knew they were in the right place when they heard Charlie talking like this. And if they had any doubts about Charlie’s patriotism, those doubts died on that day. Because although he had inspired the tens of thousands in attendance already, he was not done with his speech.
“We have had the honor of being among our men and women in uniform in some pretty desolate parts of the world here in the last few years and I want to tell you something folks, and I mean this with every fiber of my being, ‘The ones you see in uniform are the best we’ve got.’”
Charlie’s toast to the soldiers and members of the military was a perfect way to honor those who put their lives on the line. And he concluded the moment in the best way possible – with a salute to America.
And then he launched into the Pledge of Allegiance and the entire stadium joined him in proclaiming their love for this great nation. He will certainly go down in country music history as a genuine hero.
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