A Memorial Day Tribute – We Made it to Arlington

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.


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4 replies

  1. It’s a shame that we only seem to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. And understand that when I say that, I recognize that I am guilty of it as well. I just posted another Memorial Day tribute and it choked me up. When we stop and think about how many sons and brothers and fathers gave their lives so that we could have our freedoms, it is sobering. At Curtis said, we should be eternally grateful.


    • As a tribute our fallen soldiers, we as a country should take better care of our living veterans and show them the appreciation they deserve.

      Your piece choked me up too, Garnet and if I’d actually been there, I’d be crying the entire time.


  2. Well said, Kathy!

    Some gave all, and to them we should be eternally grateful!


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