When Lee Greenwood booked singing “God Bless the USA” prior to kickoff of the National Football League game between the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15 at FedEx Field, he probably couldn’t have had a clue as to how good his timing would be.
Because just days after the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, Greenwood gave hope to thousands of fans at the field and the countless number of people watching the game at home.
Presented by ACM Lifting Lives®, the game time event was also used to salute 200 military surviving family members from TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), with each honoree receiving a star to represent a fallen hero.
“I am honored to be invited to sing my patriotic anthem, ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ for the families of fallen heroes and veterans who will be on the field for the Redskins versus Saints football game,” Greenwood said in a recent press release. “We must always honor and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and seeing their families face-to-face on Sunday is sure to be an emotional moment for me, and for all Americans who are witnessing it. It will be an important and poignant moment to kick-off what’s sure to be a great game.”