That Time Charlie Daniels Paused 80th Birthday Concert to Thank US Military for Protecting America

Renowned country singer Charlie Daniels has accomplished a lot during his lifetime. In 2008, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In 2016, he earned his place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. But, even with all of his accolades, he also knows when to give thanks.

In November 2016, during a Jam Tours celebration marking Daniels’ 80th birthday, stars showed up in droves to recognize the singer and the audience numbers neared 17,000.

At one point, Daniels and the audience members received the Pledge of Allegiance together, but his display of patriotism was not only on display in that moment.

Before the Pledge of Allegiance, Daniels took a moment to discuss some of the experiences he has had throughout his then 80 years of life.

“Ladies and gentleman, I am 80 years old,” he said, according to a report by American Web Media.

After the applause subsided, he continued, “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,” he said. “I am firmly convinced in my heart of hears 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.”

After recognizing the men and women of the military, Daniels’ performed “In America,” as well as recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Daniels was also awarded Rare County’s humanitarian of the year award that night, the first year it was given, adding yet a another accomplishment for this country singer who was more than happy to pause a concert to show appreciation for all of those who have served, and continue to do so, in the US military.