Memorial Day Songs: Country Artists Honor Our Nation’s Heroes

Music Videos Remind Us of Those Willing to Make the Supreme Sacrifice

Country music has a long history of honoring those who have served in the armed forces, especially those who were willing to die for what they believe in.

Notable songs date back to Ernest Tubb’s “Soldier’s Last Letter,” which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1944.

Poignant stories abound, but many of them are rarely — if ever — shared by those who modestly downplay their contributions. As we celebrate the holiday, here are several music videos that tell those stories.

“Some Gave All,” Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
The star of CMT’s Still the King has gained a lot of media attention lately with the 25th anniversay of his mega-hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” The title track of his 1992 debut album, Some Gave All, wasn’t a huge hit at radio, but it became one of his signature songs and proved that the Kentucky native had a lot more to offer than a cool haircut and fancy stage moves.

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