Memorial Day Music: Songs That Honor Our Troops’ Sacrifices


Memorial Day is an important American holiday, setting aside a day to remember and honor those who have given their lives in battle for the United States military. Memorial Day gives Americans a chance to celebrate their freedom with their loved ones, and to appreciate those who died to defend that freedom.

Many also consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of summer. The good weather and extra day off provide a great opportunity for many to celebrate with barbecues and parties with family and friends. The key to a successful Memorial Day party is finding the balance between enjoying fun of a long weekend and respecting the significance of the holiday. Accompany your burgers, beers, and backyard games with some patriotic tunes to help celebrate Memorial Day properly. Add the songs listed below to add a patriotic flavor to your music selection. Sit back, crack a cold one, and enjoy the weekend.

“Chicken Fried”- Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band’s hit praises the simple joys in life like jeans, cold beer, and fried
chicken. In the final verse he thanks those who have fought and died to protect America, and who sacrifice of themselves so Americans can continue to enjoy freedom and happiness.
“Salute the ones who died/And the ones that give their lives/so we don’t have to sacrifice/All the things we love”

“Arlington”- Trace Adkins

“Arlington” is a haunting tale told from the perspective of a returning soldier. As the song unfolds, it becomes clear that he died in battle and is returning to be buried at Arlington. Adkins lyrics serve as a powerful reminder of the humanity of each soldier that makes the ultimate sacrifice.
“There’s a big white house sits on a hill just up the road/The man inside he cried the day they brought me home/They folded up a flag and told my mom and dad, we’re proud of your son”

“I Drive your Truck”- Lee Brice

Another sad ballad, “I Drive Your Truck,” is told from the perspective of a man mourning his brother who died in military service. Inspired by a true story told by a father who lost his son, “I drive Your Truck” shows the enormous loss experienced by the families of soldiers, another important thing to keep in mind this weekend.
“And Momma asked me this morning if I’d been by your grave/But that flag and stone ain’t where I feel you anyway//I drive your truck”

“Ragged old flag”- Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash tells the story of a small town’s American flag, detailing the flag’s journey through major conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the World Wars to Vietnam, and more. He shows us that despite the punishment the flag took abroad and at home, the flag still flies in honor of those who fought and died to defend America.
“I do like to brag/Cause I’m mighty proud/of that Ragged Old Flag”

“Courtesy of the Red White and Blue”- Toby Kieth

Out of Toby Kieth’s many Patriotic songs, including “Made in America” and “American soldier, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” best captures the fighting spirit of America. Kieth conveys the resilience of the American public to come back from tragedy, and the American dedication to eliminating those who threaten its safety. The song starts with a reminder of those who have died to safeguard the USA.
“American Girls and American Guys/We’ll always stand up and salute/we’ll always recognize/when we see old glory flying/there’s a lot of men dead/so we can sleep in peace at night/when we lay down our head”

God Bless the USA- Lee Greenwood

When it comes to modern patriotic anthems, it doesn’t get any better than this anthem. The iconic “proud to be an American” lyric is followed with a memorial acclimation to fallen American troops. The appreciation for military sacrifice, and overwhelming patriotic pride make this song an absolute essential listen for any American celebrating Memorial Day.
“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free/And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me.”

America would not be what it is today without the sacrifices of our soldiers, fighting and dying to preserve American safety and freedom. This weekend, enjoy family, friends, and freedom, and honor those who died to make sure you could. Happy Memorial Day and God Bless the USA.