LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We know what kind of sacrifice members of our military make to keep us safe from harm, but sometimes we forget the sacrifice their families make here at home. Tuesday night, they were celebrated.
Usually, the USO and National Guard host shows for our soldiers overseas. However on this night, the families back at home and countless USO volunteers got a chance to see how much they are appreciated.
At the KFC Yum! Center the stage was getting set for a show unlike any other. Thousands of concert goers were happy to stand in line for a well deserved thank you.
"You know, it is awesome that Kentucky has set this up and it has made us feel so welcome and so special," said Susan Webb, a volunteer and military mom.
More than 1,200 USO volunteers came in from all over the country for the concert joining the families of our men and women serving overseas.
"I was in the armed services myself," said Barbara Leonard. "I was Navy/Army and my husband is retired Army and I have a son that was in the Marines."
All of them were invited to the reverse USO.
"Families sacrifice so much to let soldiers do what they do," said one concertgoer.
With that in mind, for the first time ever, the families and volunteers were treated to a concert normally reserved for their brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, or sons and daughters.
"To do something like this for the families is just fantastic," Leonard said.
A concert with a superstar country duo was just minutes away, but they were the ones being treated like rock stars with a full red carpet.
Kentucky's Montgomery Gentry has been entertaining troops overseas for years and there was no way they were going to miss out on this historic concert.
"This is the greatest country in the world," said Eddie Montgomery, "and we don't thank all of our American heroes enough and being able to be part of this warms you're heart."
"It's important for us being family guys to be able to return our thanks back to them for giving up their spouses for ever how long they have to be away and across seas," Troy Gentry said.
Montgomery and Gentry told us they were also excited to play for this special group back home in Kentucky.
Thanks to the joint effort between the Kentucky National Guard and the USO, their performance wasn't just seen here in Louisville. The concert was broadcast live online to service members across the globe.
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