PHOTOS: Kellie Pickler Performs for Deployed Troops During Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Country singing sensation Kellie Pickler is spreading our country’s appreciation to deployed troops in the Middle East during a special week-long USO entertainment tour that kicks off a memorable Memorial Day weekend.
The tour is Pickler’s fifth with the USO as she will dine with troops and perform five concerts in two countries, including two USO shows on Memorial Day.
Follow her trip through this page, which will be updated with comments from the star, and our Flickr photo page dedicated to Pickler’s Memorial Day tour.
Pickler poses with Moner Theab from Boston, N.Y., a patient at a U.S. military medical facility in Kuwait.
Pickler said: "The USO tours I’ve been part of have definitely been the highlight of my career and my life. It has been the most impactful, life-changing thing I’ve been able to do."
Pickler poses for a photo with a group of servicemen and women stationed at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Prior to this year’s tour, she has uplifted the spirits of more than 21,300 servicemen and women stationed in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Kosovo.
Pickler relays her thanks to the troops stationed at Camp Arifjan. Three days into her eight-day USO tour, she has lifted the spirits of more than 1,300 servicemen and women stationed at Camp Arifjan.
Since first volunteering with the USO in December 2007, Pickler has participated in four USO tours and 43 USO appearances, which includes meet-and-greets, autograph signings and performances.
"I love and respect our nation's troops and I jumped at the chance to go out and spend time with them this Memorial Day," she said. "This tour may be my fifth, but in many ways it feels like my first time going out … it never gets old and I am always meeting someone new."
As Pickler bids goodbye to Camp Arifjan, she’s headed to more stops in Southwest Asia. Check back to this page and our Flickr page of Kellie Pickler pictures for more comments and images from the singing star.
(USO Photos by Steve Manuel / Produced by Christian Pelusi)
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