By special invitation, country music entertainer Tim Atwood proudly participated in Nashville’s Veterans Day Parade on Monday, followed by a special performance with Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely after the parade for local veterans at American Legion Post 82 in Nashville.
Atwood’s son Torre, a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, rode with him during the parade as one of the honored guests.
“This morning I was honored beyond belief to ride in the Nashville Veterans’ Day Parade,” said Atwood. “What makes this day extra special for me is the fact that my son, Torre, also rode in the car with me. Torre is a purple heart veteran who served two tours in Iraq.”
Torre served two tours of duty during the Iraq War in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, 69th Armored Battalion, leaving with the rank of Sergeant. Atwood’s son was injured in April of 2007 suffering hearing damage as a result of an attack on his tank.
“I am very proud of him,” Atwood said. “And they always say when you have someone in the service, the whole family serves. I aged probably 20 years in the five years Torre was in the service,” Tim said. “Having your kid in the war zone and he’s only 21 makes you nervous. That was one of the scariest times of our lives.”
“From the bottom of my heart I say ‘thank you’ to all who have served and continue to serve,” said Atwood. “Happy Veterans’ Day to you all! We are the land of the free because of the brave. In a time that seems to idolize professional athletes and rock stars, you are my heroes! God bless you!”
During his thirty eight years on the Grand Ole Opry, Atwood performed alongside four decades of country music hit makers including Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepard, Porter Wagoner, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Marty Robbins, Jim Ed Brown, Roy Clark, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.
Atwood received a nod for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ from the Reunion of Professional Entertainers in Nashville earlier this year. He was also recently surprised at the Midnite Jamboree with honors from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and Nashville Councilman Jeff Syracuse, for his 50th Anniversary in country music.
Tim Atwood On Tour:
NOV 16 The Nashville Palace / Nashville, Tenn.
NOV 22 County Line Country / Gospel Opry Herrick, Ill.
NOV 23 Edgewood Opry / Edgewood, Ill.
NOV 26 Embassy Suites / Murfreesboro, Tenn.
NOV 30 600 Marriott Dr/ Nashville, Tenn.
DEC 03 Private / Franklin, Tenn.
DEC 19 George Shinn Foundation Shinn-Dig @ Lipscomb University / Nashville, Tenn.
DEC 21 Texas Troubadour Theatre / Nashville, Tenn.
JAN 25 – FEB 1 Country Music Cruise
FEB 07 Private Party Beaufort, S.C.
FEB 21 Grinder House / Crossville, Tenn.
FEB 28 Lukenbach Dance Hall Fredericksburg, Texas.
MAR 07 Effingham Performance Center w/Jeannie Seely / Effingham, Ill.
APR 25 Huntingburg Music Hall / Huntingburg, Ind.
MAY 16 New Sarepta Baptist Church / Sarepta, La.
MAY 16 Mt. Paran Baptist Church Shongaloo, La.
OCT 18 The Lodge of Four Seasons Lake / Ozark, Mo.
OCT 31 Texas Troubadour Theatre / Nashville, Tenn.
For a complete tour schedule, please click here.
About Tim Atwood:
Tim is originally from East Peoria, Illinois. He began his music career playing gospel music at the age of thirteen for The Harris Family. Before settling in at the Grand Ole Opry, Tim toured with country legends Mel Street, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown where he can still be seen regularly on the rebroadcasts of Jim Ed’s TV series Nashville On The Road. Tim’s other TV credits include Home & Family, Larry’s Country Diner, Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, Opry Live, Nashville Now, Hee Haw, Church Street Station, Country On The Gulf, Pop Goes The Country, Country Connection, Late Night With David Letterman, The Dailey & Vincent Show and features on CBS, NBC and FOX News.