Trace Adkins isn’t just known for his incredible country songs and signature deep vocals. As many know, he’s also a proud supporter of the U.S. military. It can be seen through not just the charities and causes he supports, like Wounded Warrior Project, but also his music.
“Arlington” is just one of many songs he has performed in honor of the men and women who serve and have served this great country. Written by Jeremy Spillman and Dave Turnbull, “Arlington” was released in June 2005 as the second single from Adkins’ album Songs About Me.
The meaningful song is narrated by a soldier that was killed in action and is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The hit song was actually inspired by Tennessee-native, Corporal Patrick Nixon, of the United States Marine Corps. He died in battle on March 23, 2003 after being ambushed while trying to secure a bridge in Nasiriyah, Iraq. After speaking to Nixon’s father, Turnbull felt inspired to make his story into a song.
Adkins honors not just Corporal Patrick Nixon, but every fallen soldier that has selflessly sacrificed their life for this country.