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ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops Features Soldiers & Stars

Chris O'Donnell & LL Cool J

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 18: Actors Chris O’Donnell (L) and LL Cool J attend the 2011 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The Academy of Country music and dick clark products have announced additional information on the servicemen and women from the United States Armed Forces who performed with some of country’s biggest stars during ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops. The special was taped on April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will air on CBS May 20 at 9/8c, co-hosted by LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell and be in honor of the May 17 Armed Forces Day.

Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry all perform in tribute to our country’s military force during the special.

Many artists were joined onstage by service members from the United States Armed Forces, including Marine Capts. John Ed Auer & Matt Smith, Army Sgt. Christiana Ball, Navy STG3 Destiny Mills Coates, Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado, Army Spc. Kelly A. Gregg, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Katie Spira, Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Valentine and Air Force Staff Sgt. Baily Zimmerman. Additionally, Air Force Master Sgt. Harry Bounds, Navy Lt. Chelsea Brunoehler, and Coast Guard ME1 Noah Reinhart also performed.

In attendance was U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh, who thanked the ACM, the artists and all who give of themselves and their time to support the troops and their families. During a special moment,Toby Keith was surprised onstage by USO CEO, retired Brig. Gen. John Pray, who presented him with the Spirit of the USO honor in recognition of his many USO tours and longtime support of our U.S. military.

The special also includes moments and stories of bravery and integrity in addition to appearances and presentations by Marcus Luttrell (retired U.S. Navy SEAL), Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds, Craig Morgan, Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell and Sheryl Underwood Proceeds from ticket sales for ACM Presents: An All-Star Tribute To The Troops benefited ACM Lifting Lives.

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