While some Chicagoans were protesting on the city streets on Nov. 9, a day after Donald Trump got elected as President, others were honoring veterans at the Chicago Theater at the CBS Radio’s Stars and Strings concert. The beneficiary concert was a salute to those that serve or have served and a portion of the proceeds benefited the Folds of Honor organization, which provides educational support to spouses and children of wounded and fallen soldiers. The Folds of Honor’s mission is to provide educational scholarships to the families of killed or disabled American military-the heroes who stand guard over the country’s freedom.
The show had three parts where the country star singers Jason Aldean, Big and Rich, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flats, Chase Rice, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan and Shay, Randy Houser and Tyler Farr, performed acoustically in a warm patriotic setting some of their greatest hits. As Veterans Day approaches, those that served and are serving must be recognized and this show was a well-deserved inspirational reward for their service. Many of the singers shared their own personal stories and relations to the military, such as Brantley Gilbert who lost a dear friend serving in the military; his last song was dedicated to him and to all who have lost someone. His song “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” was inspired by his wife while he was away and he related to everyone whose loved ones are away and dearly missed. In a nut shell, it was a magical, powerful performance that left the crowd not just joyful but also in tears, touched deeply by the meaningful songs and thankful words of the performers.
“I grew up in a military family and I have such respect for the military families. People overseas are listening to our music while serving away from home and it’s cool,” said Jason Aldean to his fans before his performance, signing autographs away and thanking them for serving for “our country.”