Earlier this week, the Charlie Daniels served as host for his self-dubbed Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event, a special concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program.
Held March 5 at the local university's Allen Arena, the event was created to honor the active-military veterans and their families in attendance. Proceeds from the annual concert benefit the university's Yellow Ribbon program, which strives to provide a tuition-free college education for post 9/11 veterans.
This time around, hit-maker Daniels was joined by a chart-topping lineup of entertainment industry friends, from Jason Aldean and Lee Greenwood, to Murfreesboro native Chris Young and the multi-award winning bluegrass band The Grascals, the latter of whom made their fourth consecutive appearance at the annual event.
“We’re always ready to step up and support our active military and veterans,” shared Jamie Johnson of The Grascals in a March 7 correspondence with Examiner.com. “We’re so proud to call Charlie Daniels a friend and to join him in support of the people who serve far away so that we can all pursue our lives in security here at home.”
Daniels, who is an avid supporter of the military, expressed pleasure with the evening and the community support, saying, “We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar. This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t.”
Also among those who took part in the event were military veteran and country artist, Keni Thomas and the Christian-rock band Bleach, whose members lost a brother in Iraq. The event included a presentation by Mary Byers, president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters who were in military service.
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