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Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols + Kevin Fowler Attend Virtual Memorial Service for Fallen Soldiers

Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler
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On August 6, a helicopter crash in Afghanistan resulted in the tragic death of 30 U.S. soldiers, and the impact was felt around the world. On Thursday, August 25, more than 12,000 people — including country music stars Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols and Kevin Fowler — logged onto Twitter and Facebook to virtually honor those who lost their lives.

The event, dubbed Remember 30 – A Virtual Memorial Service, was held in conjunction with the Navy SEAL Memorial Service in Virginia, only because it was virtual, the attendance was more widespread. In addition to EYB, Fowler and Nichols, fellow Texas country artist Aaron Watson and Randy Wells of the Chicago Cubs hopped online to pay their respects.

Hundreds of country music fans showed their patriotism by changing their profile pictures to the Remember 30 graphic, while others took photos of themselves in combat boots for the cause. The virtual service was the brainchild of the Boot Campaign, a program which shows appreciation for the U.S. military by donating proceeds from the sale of military combat boots to injured soldiers when they return home from battle. To date, the Boot Campaign has given over $10,000 to the United Warrior Survivor Foundation in honor of those lost on August 6. They will continue their efforts with a Ride & Rally event in Los Angeles this weekend, along with the cast of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell.

Joe Nichols released his new ‘Take it Off‘ music video just a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, Eli Young Band’s new ‘Life at Best‘ album is going strong as a Top 50 album on iTunes, while Kevin Fowler has been owning the Texas music chart with his No. 1 single, ‘Hell Yeah, I Like Beer,’ for the last six weeks.

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