|Dierks & Dad (from Country Weekly)|
It's no secret how Dierks Bentley's dad has positively influenced his life. That's clearly evident in songs like "My Last Name." As we approach Memorial Day, here's what Dierks had to say about his dad's service to our country:
“My dad was a second lieutenant in the army. My dad’s older then most dads. My dad had me when he was 51 … or helped have me when he was 51. It’s amazing … he served in WW2. He was in Japan, and he doesn’t tell me too many stories about it, but I know for him, he really enjoyed his time in the army. He grew up in a town of 1,200 people, [so] to join the army [was] a chance to go overseas and see some of the world. He really enjoyed the men in his company and lost some friends over there. He doesn’t talk too much about that aspect of it, but he has nothing but good memories of being able to serve and be part of that. What a feeling that must be that I will never know, to put on that uniform — American flag patch on your shoulder — and you’re out there literally fighting for the flag … fighting with your brothers next to you and for everyone back home. So it’s just something that we can never really honestly have a sense of how that feels, but certainly we can honor them.”
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."