When Americans woke up on the morning of Nov. 8, many of them were in a state of shock over the results of the presidential election from the night before. No matter whom they voted for, the entire country seemed to be wondering what lied the corner.
But on the evening of Nov. 8, thousands of people came together at The Chicago Theatre to pay some attention to what really matters the most, which is our veterans. The second annual “Stars and Strings” brought together a number of country music’s biggest artists, including Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini, to pay tribute to our nation’s military heroes and families.
“Well, first of all, my dad is retired military, from the air force, and my grandfather retired from the Navy,” Jason said in a recent press release. “…I grew up in a home that had a lot of military background and sort of grew up on an air-force base. To me, it means a lot. Veterans are the reason we get to go out every day and do what we do.”
However, it was the work of Chase Rice, Big & Rich, Dan+Shay and Randy Houser that truly brought the house down when everyone needed it the most. Their rendition of “God Bless America” was set to be a wonderful moment of the night, but the goose bumps really got going when the audience joined in for a spontaneous singalong of the patriotic anthem.
And for a moment, we all were on one team yet again.