Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the Country music superstar and U.S. Army veteran took to the stage to perform “The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost,” a song solely penned by Morgan that appears as the first track on his latest project, God, Family, Country.
Watch his emotional performance below.
Morgan’s performance on the Memorial Day special comes just days after he was inducted into the U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame.
The ceremony, which took place in Fort Sill, Oklahoma where Morgan was previously stationed during his time in the service, honored the 17-year Army and Army Reserves Veteran as well as several other Field Artillery men and women for their brave contributions.
“Honored and humbled to have been inducted into the Field Artillery Hall of Fame. God Bless America,” Morgan wrote.
On May 24, Morgan was able to present a check to Operation Finally Home for $100,000. $70,000 of the funds were raised via Morgan’s participation on CBS’ Beyond The Edge, while the remaining funds were from a generous donation by Monster Energy Cares.
“Great night at the Grand Ole Opry at the Opry salutes the Troops show. Thanks to CBS and Monster Energy I was able to present Operation Finally Home a check for $100,000.00,” Morgan said on Instagram.
“Still so grateful for this,” Morgan wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of the special moment. “On Tuesday, I got to present my winnings from Beyond the Edge, plus a very generous contribution from @monsterenergy to @operationfinallyhome on stage at the @opry.”
The Founder of Operation Finally Home, Dan Wallrath, graciously accepted the generous donation.
“We are excited to accept this donation, which will allow us to further our mission of honoring veterans, first responders and their families with homes and home modifications,” Wallrath shared. “Craig is an amazing ambassador for Operation Finally Home with a deep desire to honor and care for America’s heroes, and we are blessed by his generosity.”
Later this year, Morgan, who details his days in Fort Sill in his upcoming memoir God, Family, Country, will embark on his headlining tour beginning October 19th in Green Bay, WI and continue through Veterans Day, where he will wrap up the trek with a special show in Nashville, Tennessee at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
“I feel like this tour has been a lifetime in the making,” Craig shared in a press release. “Musically and personally, God, family and country are the most important things to me and I’m excited to share this in my upcoming memoir and in my tour as me and the band play some fan-favorite songs, some album cuts and some new songs you’ve not even heard yet.”
National Memorial Day Concert 2022 also featured a star-studded list of performances from Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, Rhiannon Giddens, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pia Toscano, the National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Chorus, Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams by the Military District of D.C.
The special honored our Country’s Veterans, service men and women as well as military families.
The concert unites the country in remembrance and appreciation of those who gave their lives for our nation and serves those who are grieving through the mission put forward by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, “Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”
Throughout the broadcast, celebrities shared real-life stories that spanned the broad history of our nation’s military conflicts, while singer/songwriters performed songs in tribute to our country’s true heroes.
Co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the Memorial Day special aired at 8/7c on PBS and streamed on YouTube.