Memorial Day 2021: Five Country Songs Honoring The Heroes Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

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Cody Villalobos

Memorial Day 2021 is here.

After a layoff last year with the pandemic, everybody is looking forward to celebrating Memorial Day with friends and family.

However, we can’t forget just how much weight this day holds for all of those who’ve lost loved ones fighting to secure our freedom overseas. It’s a day to remember those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It’s no secret that there’s been a number of country artists who’ve paid their respects to those true heroes, so let’s take a look at some of best country songs that pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

5. “Arlington” – Trace Adkins

I remember hearing this song for the first time in 5th grade, as our teacher played it for our class before we left for our field trip to Washington D.C. way back then.

The whole room was tearing up, and the song still holds a lot of weight today. It’s about a fallen soldier’s point of view, as he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place for our fallen troops.

4. “Dress Blues” – Jason Isbell

This song holds a great perspective of what a friend goes through when they lose their best friend fighting overseas. It’s a conversation between Isbell, and his best friend as he was attending his memorial and funeral after he was brought back home.

He reflects on the good times, and how it doesn’t even feel real.

3. “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” – Justin Moore

This song is the ultimate tribute to our fallen troops. The intro nearly brings you to tears instantly, as he sings about a family getting ready to welcome home their son from overseas, when they’re told that he passed away in combat.

Then he hits us with a line in the chorus that cuts straight to the heart:

“They’re in a better place up there, but they sure left a hole down here.”

2. “American Soldier” – Toby Keith

Although Keith isn’t singing about a fallen soldier, it’s the perfect song about the perspective of an active member in the military, noting all of the sacrifices they make every single day.

1. “If You’re Reading This” – Tim McGraw

Now talk about a song that will bring a grown man to tears. It’s about a letter from a fallen soldier to his significant other that he wrote in case he passed away during war.

talks about how he’s in Heaven now, and he lists the last few things he wants to tell those he loves before he’s laid to rest for good.

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