Billy Ray Cyrus to Honor Veterans at Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom
Billy Ray Cyrus is set to return to the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom event on May 28 in Washington, D.C. The motorcycle rally, which honors fallen servicemen and women, will include a performance by Cyrus.
The news follows Cyrus' recent Grand Ole Opry performance, where he dedicated his performance of "Some Gave All" to 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, who was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated during his patrol in Mosul, Iraq.
"Weston Lee died serving our country and we should all be forever grateful for his service," Cyurs says in a press release. "I dedicated 'Some Gave All' on the Opry for Lee and all those who haven't returned home."
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Cyrus says his stop at Rolling Thunder marks a full-circle moment, as he has honored Vietnam Veterans previously.
"This is a full-circle moment, because a week after 'Some Gave All' came out, I stood at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during Rolling Thunder with Don Von Tress, who is not only the writer of 'Achy Breaky Heart,' but also a Vietnam veteran," Cyrus explains. "That man and that song changed my life. And now 25 years later, I'll return to the wall and perform 'Some Gave All' and 'Achy Breaky Heart' and honor those veterans who gave all to their country."
This year marks the 25th anniversary of "Achy Breaky Heart" and Cyrus has been recording new versions of the song, recently releasing a Spanish version. An EDM version of the song is expected at a later date.
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