Country singer, Charlie Daniels has seen a lot in his 80 years of life and he is well known in the country music industry. Having been a singer since the 1950s, Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. He is also best known for the role of himself in Yakety Yak, Take it Back and Trash Talk.
Every year Daniels would celebrate his homecoming performance in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, from 1974-1996, and there were multiple Jam Tours from 1999-2015, but this year on November 30th the Jam left their mark at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville as they celebrated Daniels’ 80th birthday with several memorable performances. One of which will be remembered for its dedication to patriotism.
Randy Travis was present, making a special appearance and while that was quite a hit, there was something else that stood out even more. Daniels, along with the 17,000 audience members recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Due to several anti-patriotic incidents in the news lately, this was a much-needed change of pace.
Prior to the memorable Pledge of Allegiance, Daniels discussed his own experiences from the 80 years that have taken him to where he is today.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am 80 years old,” he said, as the crowd broke out in applause. “I’m pretty happy about it, too, but I have lived through a lot of wars and skirmishes and, what they call, police actions in my life. I go back to the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. I am firmly convinced in my heart of hearts that only two things protect America — the grace of God and the United States military.We have had the honor of being among our men and women in uniform in some pretty desolate parts of the world here in the last few years and I want to tell you something folks, and I mean this with every fiber of my being, ‘The ones you see in uniform are the best we’ve got.’”