By Brian Ives
Tonight’s Stars and Strings concert at the Chicago Theatre tonight will feature a number of country stars, including Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts and Tyler Farr, paying tribute to our nation’s veterans. The show also raises funds for Folds of Honor.
Radio.com spoke with Paige Garber, daughter of Command Master Chief Jeff Garber, who died while serving, and she discussed Folds of Honor.
“‘Easy day.’ These two words have been such an incredible blessing to my family and I, since my dad passed away, over seven years ago,” Paige told us. “After his passing, we heard from many of his fellow shipmates, that these words were spoken often by my dad. His response to them was well-known: ‘Easy day, shipmate.’ Or, ‘Easy day, boss, I’ve got it covered.’ Since my dad’s passing, we have heard many ‘Easy day’ stories. Sharing the impact that he had with this ‘Easy day’ attitude. This attitude of, ‘Everything is going to be ok.'”
“Folds of Honor allows me and my family and so many other military families to also experience so many easy days. Folds of Honor has been one of the most amazing things that has happened to me since my dad’s passing. They awarded me with a scholarship to attend the university of my dreams, the University of Nebraska, every year since the spring of my freshman year.”
Folds of Honor is a generational foundation dedicated to giving back to the families of our nation’s heroes. Learn more about Folds of Honor here.
“Music has been such a beautiful beautiful part of our journey, bringing us comfort, laughter. I [always] share the memory with my dad, talking about the song ‘Cleaning This Gun’ by Rodney Atkins. I said to my dad, ‘When I finally get a boyfriend, what are you going to say to him?’ He referred to that song.”
She adds, “Music truly has played such a huge role in the healing process since my dad’s death. And just the memories too, remembering all of the beautiful, wonderful times with my dad through music.”
Donate to Folds of Honor here.