The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the veterans of Desert Storm with a red carpet parade and annual Salute the Troops Opry performance Tuesday, May 23. The public is invited to be a part of veterans’ red carpet arrivals outside the Opry House beginning at 5:45 p.m., and the evening’s Opry performance begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances scheduled from Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Dailey & Vincent, Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Young, and more, including the Opry return of the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band.
Throughout the evening, fans will learn of the heroic actions of Desert Storm veterans as well as the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association’s work to build the National Desert Storm Memorial in Washington D.C. Over half a million American servicemen and women served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, making it the largest American war of the 20th Century without a memorial in Washington, D.C. currently. The memorial, although approved by Congress, will be built entirely through donations.
“Country music was a major part of the patriotism that swept the U.S. and the support our troops felt from the folks back home in 1990 and 1991,” said Scott C. Stump, CEO of the National Desert Storm War Memorial. “It’s exciting to be able to celebrate that continued patriotism and reflect on the sacrifices of our Desert Storm veterans at the home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry.”
Among other artists coming soon to the Opry stage are Kelsea Ballerini, Crystal Gayle, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Ricky Skaggs, and Blake Shelton.