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Lady Antebellum’s military tribute will hit you straight in the heart YouTube/National Geographic
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This holiday season, it’s important to take a moment to remember our U.S. servicemen and servicewomen serving our country at home and overseas. Many of those service members will be away from their spouses and kids this Christmas, so Lady Antebellum has made this video to honor the family members who support our troops at home.

The song they’re singing is titled, “Army,” and it perfectly captures the essential, behind-the-scenes role military husbands and wives play in keeping the home fires burning. The photos of troops reuniting with their loved ones and holding their little babies is enough to give you all the feels, too.

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Though their situation is a bit different, the members of Lady A wrote “Army” as a tribute to their own spouses. The group’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are on the road away from their respective wives and sons quite a bit, and they both admit they couldn’t keep it all going without their better halves.

Dave tells Rare Country, “My wife is just … she is the strength and the guiding force of everything in our household.” His wife, Kelli, is expecting their second child this month.

Charles definitely identifies with the line in “Army” about being the one getting all the glory onstage while his wife, Cassie, makes the whole thing work for their family, which includes son Ward, who will celebrate his second birthday in February.

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“I’m the solider, she’s the army,” Charles tells us. “I feel that way a lot. It’s like, we get to go out there and get all this glory, and be up onstage, it’s like, oh my gosh, all the work and coordination that goes on behind to keep our lives sane is a lot.”

Lady A’s Hillary Scott, who is already the mother of a four-year-old and is expecting twins in February, thinks women will get a lot out of this song that celebrates the often overlooked worked they do to keep life running smoothly.

She says, “It”s so empowering for a wife, for a mom to hear. As a mom, there’s days where you wake up and you try to do the best you can, and you get to the end of that day, and you’re like, ‘Man, I literally got nothing checked off the list. I’m ready for a do over.’ And then there are days where you wake up, and you just are a boss. You get things done left and right, and you go, ‘I don’t know how I did what I did.’ I think it’s good for us as women to be able to acknowledge that about yourself. Like, ‘I rocked it today. I’m gonna be confident in that.’ But it’s also great to hear it in a lyric in a song like that where someone else is recognizing that and bringing it to your attention.”

“Army” is included on Lady Antebellum’s Grammy-nominated current album, “Heart Break.”

Lady A is also nominated for Duo/Group of the Year at the Rare Country Awards this year. You can cast your vote at RareCountryAwards.com through Dec. 13. The winners will be announced during the first-ever Rare Country Awards livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14. Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn are performing on the show as well.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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