This tribute to parents and their military children is still incredibly touching gary barnett/YouTube screenshot
gary barnett/YouTube screenshot

It isn’t Independence Day or Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day or any day designated to recognize the men and women who currently serve or have served in the United States military. It is a simply a day like any other when we should always be thinking of and praying for those brave souls who keep us safe and free.

We see it in movies and read it in books — recollections of a soldier’s life. The experiences they have, the fear and anxiety they feel, and the bravery their job demands is unimaginable to civilians. We also know they cling to anything that reminds them of home, whether it’s favorite photos, food, clothing or simply letters from family and friends.

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In 2004, John Michael Montgomery released the Tony Lane and David Lee-penned tribute “Letters From Home” to both the parents and their military children. It’s the story of a soldier receiving letters from his parents and his sweetheart stateside and the response he has to the notes. And it’s absolutely precious and heartbreaking.

According to YouTube user gary barnett, John performed this touching tribute back in September 2013, and it’s one of our absolute favorites.

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Can you imagine being a young man or woman in uniform and never getting a letter, package or postcard? It happens. Did you know there are organizations who help you get your notes of news and gratitude to soldiers overseas? And you can even adopt a soldier to send care packages to? If you’d like to support our troops, Google “Letters to Soldiers” and you’ll find a plethora of organizations that will help put your caring heart into action for a member of our military.

And remember, we aren’t just American citizens on the Fourth of July.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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