The spirit of the holidays can often melt even the hardest hearts, but when you’re already a touch on the sentimental side, even the Hallmark commercials on TV can bring about tears. And any proud American can get a lump in their throat when they think about those away from their families this season while serving our country in the military.

It wasn’t a Hallmark card that made Garth Brooks emotional during an appearance on the nationally syndicated “Ty, Kelly & Chuck” morning radio show, but rather a homemade card. Its message to our brave soldiers was so heartfelt that the country music superstar choked on his tears.

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“I’m already starting to cry, sorry,” Garth began before he described the patriotic card from a “Ty, Kelly & Chuck” listener named Lindsey. He continued, “It says, ‘Thank you for your service. Thank you for devoting your life to fighting for our freedom. I can’t thank you enough for your service. Please know how much you are appreciated.’”

Garth then said, “Amen, Lindsey, you are dead on. I don’t know if Lindsey has children, but this is every parent’s card to the men and women who secure our children’s dreams.”

The card was part of “Ty, Kelly & Chuck’s” campaign to collect 100,000 cards to send to American servicemen and servicewomen who are unable to be with their families this holiday season.

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“I can’t think of anybody who deserves it more than our military men and women, past, present, and future,” Garth said.

At a time when hate runs rampant on social media, it’s a nice reminder of how fortunate Americans are to have a military willing to sacrifice their holiday to protect our freedom. And maybe it’s a good time for hate to take a holiday, too.

Garth is now nominated for Tour and Fan Moment of the Year  in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

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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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