Charlie Daniels stops concert to honor World War II veterans in audience

1114 COLO Charlie DanielsTwo World War II veterans who were two miles apart when they landed on the beaches of Normandy 71 years ago and now live across the hall from each other were show-stoppers Tuesday night during the Charlie Daniels Band's military tribute in Columbus.

Several songs into the concert, Daniels asked for the house lights to be brought up in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and for Charlie Maupin and Jim Wooters to stand.

"There was a long and loud standing ovation from the entire RiverCenter," Nona Christie, marketing director for Covenant Woods Retirement Community, told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email Friday. " . It was hard to leave the building that night; everyone wanted to shake their hands."

The next day, on Veterans Day, Daniels posted a photo of himself with Maupin and Wooters on his Twitter and Facebook pages with this caption: "These gentlemen fought in the D Day Invasion in their 90s now and I can't even articulate my respect and gratitude."

With that thoughtful gesture, the country music legend articulated his respect and gratitude mighty well.

November 2015

Remembering Those Who Gave All on D Day

I remember June 6 1944, my mother got me up early in the morning to go to our church To join our neighbors to pray for the men,who at that moment,were storming the beaches of Normandy,many being cut to ribbons by German machine gun fire and artillery.

Yet on they came,wave after wave,until at the end of the Longest Day the back of the Nazis was broken and the march to Berlin and the end of Hitler had begun. There has been an awful price paid for America's freedom.

May we today pause and remember those who gave it all on D Day


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2016) – The Journey Home Project, co-founded by country music legend Charlie Daniels, will support the local community for an awe inspiring tribute to the nation’s flag in remembrance of the real reason for Memorial Day. Volunteers will fill a one acre site with American Flags to honor those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country by filling the lot with red, white and blue at the corner of East Division St. and North Mt. Juliet Rd. in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. The Journey Home Project, a not-for-profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing money, is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

The flag display will be available for viewing starting with the opening ceremony at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 27 and will remain on display 24 hours a day until the closing ceremony on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). The event is free and open to the public daily who can attend with family and friends to walk among the flags and experience the Spirit of America as they never have before. Cameras are welcomed, as are mementos to hang on sponsored flags.

“The Journey Home Project continues to support our community and returning veterans. Our involvement with this great event is another example of our dedication to strengthening the public’s awareness for returning veterans. We are always in support of our active-duty soldiers, veterans, and fallen heroes,” David Corlew said, co-founder of The Journey Home Project.

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