Lee Greenwood to Newsmax: Special broadcast Saturday helped vets

Country music legend Lee Greenwood, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his hit song “God Bless the USA” this year, told Newsmax that he is looking forward to this weekend’s network-only special celebrating his career, and that money has been raised during recording The program enabled the Helping Heroes charity to award two homes to veterans.

“It’s really special for me to be able to do that,” Greenwood told Newsmax’s “Newsline.” “We are very honored that Newsmax is airing this amazing special, celebrating my 40-year career. I have worked for charities my entire career.”

Newsmax will air a special concert – “Lee Greenwood: God Bless the USA” – featuring the acclaimed singer and major celebrities, premiering Saturday at 8 PM EST and rebroadcasting Sunday at 9 PM and Memorial Day at 4 PM.

The concert will feature several country music stars including Big & Rich, Gavin DeGraw, Tracy Lawrence, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Debby Boone and Ty Herndon.

Greenwood told Newsmax on Friday that a DVD of the special concert is available on his website for $25, with proceeds going to help build a new home for a veteran.

Newsmax, he added, “will be the only broadcast of this special 40 years of my history, music sung by 40 different artists, filmed especially for Newsmax,” Greenwood said.

Greenwood said his affection for veterans goes back to his teenage years, when he performed at USO shows starting at age 14.

He said he grew up in California and played on military bases along the coast, even in Alaska before it was a state.

“I’ve worked all my life,” Greenwood said. “My wife, Kim, and I are both also veterans of USO tours, and we dedicate this time on Memorial Day to those who served and sacrificed before us.

“We think it’s really important that people pick up this DVD of 40 years of my career, to honor our veterans and to honor those on Memorial Day who sacrificed for us,” he added. “The special is going to be incredible and it’s going to be a great time to come together, I think, to actually think about how special our nation is.

Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” has also become something of an anthem at rallies for former President Donald Trump, and Greenwood said the presumptive GOP nominee has shown strength at his live rallies, “where the current administration has no place.”

He also noted that Trump stepped forward to launch the “God Bless the USA” Bible that Greenwood launched “because he took faith and showed faith in our community.”

“On this Memorial Day, we pray for President Trump; we pray for our soldiers,” he added.

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