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Brantley Gilbert Makes Emotional Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

Brantley Gilbert at Arlington on 2014 Memorial Day

Photo courtesy of Billboard.com

Brantley Gilbert celebrated Memorial Day with a somber visit to Arlington National Cemetery, reports Billboard. He laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and while walking through the cemetery, paused to reflect on what was before him. “There are a lot of graves out here, and I learned something today that I didn’t know – the spouses and the direct children are buried with the soldiers,” he said. “They bury them on top of each other, so you don’t know how many people may be buried here. It makes you realize what kind of sacrifices this country has endured so that we can do the things we enjoy doing. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to saddle up on a motorcycle whenever I wanted to if it weren’t for every war we’ve been in, and those who have sacrificed.”

The visit to Arlington wrapped up Brantley’s “From Athens To Arlington” tour and motorcycle ride which not only promoted his new album, Just As I Am, but also raised awareness for Folds of Honor, an organization that assists the survivors of fallen veterans. While at Arlington, Brantley also placed a wreath on the grave of Captain Dennis Michael White of the United States Air Force, along with Captain White’s daughter, Sarah. The visit put his career success into perspective for Brantley. “This record is a big thing in my life,” he said. “I’m very excited about it, and we worked a long time on it, but tying something like Folds of Honor in with it makes you realize how small something like that is, too. Being able to show some light on these heroes is irreplaceable. I’m just proud to be a part of it.”

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