More than just barbeques and beaches, the true meaning of Memorial Day is not lost on Sam Hunt, whose grandfather is a veteran, and who passed those values onto Sam.
“My granddad was in World War II,” he reveals in audio provided by the Universal Music Group Nashville. “He was on the USS Texas battleship, and he was over at Normandy and over near Japan, and he spent a lot of time right in the thick of World War II.
“He really took pride in what that meant, and it was something I got to see first hand, as somebody who got to experience that; somebody who had that galvanized American trait,” he continues. “It’s hard to describe it. It was just, somebody who’s been through that, seen that, and really appreciates what that means.
“I try to channel that into my life, because I haven’t fought in any war, but I have a ton of respect for folks who have, folks who’ve sacrificed, families who’ve lost lives and just sacrificed years of their own lives and time and efforts to maintain those freedoms.”