Country music superstar Trace Adkins is known for showing his love for veterans and members of the military. Whether it’s performing for veterans or active military members, or writing songs in appreciation of their service (“Arlington,” “Still a Soldier”), Adkins clearly has a passion for honoring those who serve our country.
His latest release, “Empty Chair,” debuted just in time for Memorial Day. The holiday’s true meaning can often be overshadowed by all the talk of sales, barbecues and the long weekend marking the unofficial start of the summer season. But Adkins wants everyone to keep in mind the brave men and women who didn’t come home and gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In a Memorial Day post on Twitter, Adkins said “Empty Chair” and the accompanying video shows “their sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
— Trace Adkins (@TraceAdkins) May 31, 2021
In the “Empty Chair” video, Adkins features photos submitted by his fans of their family and friends who proudly served in the military. You can watch it here:
Though the song honors those who never made it home — the empty chair in the song’s title — it also tells the story of those who did come home “to build their lives,” the lyrics go.
“They’ll tell you anything you wanna know / But there’s one place they just won’t go / ‘Cause they don’t wanna ruin our dreams / By tellin’ us the things they’ve seen.”
“Thank you for embracing the Intrepid former crew members I have had the privilege of knowing for two-plus decades,” shared Jill A. Pall on Twitter.
This video had me bawling when I watched it. Thank you for embracing the Intrepid former crew members I have had the privilege of knowing for two plus decades. Your compassion and friendship meant/means so much to them. And thank you for always honoring the sacrifices made. 🇺🇸
— Jill A. Pall (@JillAPall) May 31, 2021
“Empty Chair” will be one of the tracks included on his upcoming 13th full-length studio album, due to be released by Verge Records later this year.