Trace Adkins Delivers Powerful Tribute To Fallen Troops With Memorial Day Rendition Of “Arlington”

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The Story Behind Trace Adkins’ Heartbreaking Song, “Arlington”

Trace Adkins has performed his hit song “Arlington” more times than he could ever count. But whenever he steps up on stage to sing the emotional song, he gives every word his all.

Released in 2005, “Arlington” was the second single from Adkins’ album Songs About Me. The song quickly won over the hearts of country fans, and climbed all the way to the second spot on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

It has been a staple of Adkins’ performances ever since.


Those who have been longtime fans of Adkins’ know that “Arlington” isn’t his only song dedicated to the military. Just a couple of the other titles he’s recorded honoring servicemen and women include “Til the Last Shot’s Fired” and “Still a Soldier.”

The latter song features a veteran as the star of its music video.

Trace Delivers A Powerful Live Rendition Of His Military Tribute For Memorial Day

But as impactful as Adkins’ patriotic music videos are, nothing beats the power of his live performances.

One performance of “Arlington” stands out above all the others because of its compelling nature.

During PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., in 2016, Adkins performed right next to the song’s namesake location…Arlington National Cemetary.

Trace Adkins sings about Arlington National Cemetery in his song "Arlington"
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We’re sure that fact weighed Adkins’ mind as he sang. He honored all those who found their final resting place in that sacred ground.

Taking off his hat as a show of respect, Adkins’ eyes welled with tears as he sang about our fallen heroes and the sacrifices they made. Adkins always pours his heart into “Arlington,” but this performance was on another level.

The moment’s significance pushed Adkins to put forth what we consider to be one of the best performances of his career. See his riveting Memorial Day performance of “Arlington” in the video below.