Story Behind Toby Keith’s “American Soldier”

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As we celebrate Memorial Day and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. armed forces, it is only fitting to reflect on the significance of this holiday. While Memorial Day has often been associated with backyard barbecues and pool parties, it holds a much deeper meaning for all Americans.

Memorial Day, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was established in 1869 by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan as a way to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, expanding its purpose to honor all those who have died in American wars.

Amidst this backdrop of remembrance, we find the unwavering patriotism of Toby Keith, the renowned country western singer and a true American patriot. Keith has shown his steadfast support for the troops through his involvement with the USO and his heartfelt patriotic songs.

Keith’s dedication to the men and women of the armed forces is truly remarkable. He has embarked on numerous USO trips, visiting troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and other locations around the globe. His mission is simple: to bring a piece of home and a sense of comfort to our brave soldiers far from their loved ones and the land they hold dear.

One of Toby Keith’s most iconic patriotic songs is “American Soldier.”

Keith wrote the song with Chuck Cannon for military families he’s met on USO tours. “It’s written for all the times that I get to meet the troops on these USO tours,” Keith told CNN’s Larry King. “Since ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American),’ the P.O.W.s and the families and stuff that have come and brought me back my old CD covers…that they had and shown how much support they had, and this is my support for the American fighting men and women.”

“Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” was inspired by his Keith’s dad who was a veteran. “So I thought about my dad, being the veteran he was and the flag-flying patriot he was,” Keith told CMT. “He did lose his right eye. He did come home, and he never did gripe about it. So that’s the reason I wrote the song — for him.”

“American Soldier” was written specifically for soldiers after Toby saw their camaraderie and love for each other and their families.

The song acknowledges that most soldiers aren’t seeking glory or fame, but rather a desire to be the best they can be for their families while proudly serving their country.

The lyrics remind us that they don’t want to die, but they are willing to bear that cross with honor if it means preserving the freedom we cherish.It’s a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those in uniform.

Toby Keith’s music serves as a powerful reminder of the bravery, dedication, and unwavering spirit of our armed forces. His patriotic songs touch the hearts of countless Americans who share his love for this great nation.

So as we gather with loved ones and enjoy the freedoms we hold dear, let us also take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have given everything for us. As Toby Keith himself once said, “That’s why we’re here; to show our appreciation.”

This Memorial Day, let us unite as a nation and honor the fallen heroes who have selflessly served our country. And as Toby Keith’s inspiring melodies continue to echo in our hearts, may we always remember the true essence of patriotism and the indomitable American spirit.

Watch Toby Keith’s American Soldier Video Below

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