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Lee Brice Pays Tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert

Lee Brice Pays Tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert
During 
Full Military Honors Funeral Service Today at Arlington National Cemetery

For A Downloadable :90 Video Clip From the Event, Provided by NRAtv, click here
(Arlington, VA) December 20, 2016 — The full military honors funeral service for U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert was held yesterday at 1:00 PM/ET at Arlington National Cemetery. Family friend Lee Brice paid tribute to Troy by delivering a moving version of “Go Rest High On That Mountain”
during the private chapel service held in the Old Post Chapel on Joint
Base Myer-Henderson Hall, attended by Troy’s mother and father, Kaye and
retired Senior Master Sgt. Ron Gilbert; sister, Rhonda Jimmerson; wife, Ginger Gilbert Ravella; sons, Boston and Greyson; and daughters, Isabella, Aspen and Annalise.

Lee Brice first met Ginger Gilbert Ravella and her family at a Folds of Honor event in 2015. 

“Lee
and I connected over his song ‘I Drive Your Truck’ and I told him how
much we, as fallen families, cling to pieces left of those we love,”
says Ginger.  

“Troy
sold his old beloved truck for a new one about a month before he found
out he was deploying. Things were starting to break on his old one, and
he needed a reliable ride. Just a week before he took off for Iraq, he
said ‘I think we need to sell my new truck. We really can’t afford to
make payments while I am gone.’ So we sold it and he left.
Years
later when Lee’s song came out, it wasn’t the new truck I wished we
still had. It was the old one; the one that belonged to Troy’s Dad
first, the one Troy drove for years, the one I knew (my sons) Boston and
Greyson would get a kick out of.”

“Singing
at Troy’s funeral was a moment I’ll never forget.” Says Lee. “I’m
grateful for Troy’s sacrifice and I admire Ginger and her family for
their sacrifice, also. I can’t imagine what they went through and I’m
honored to have been a part of this special moment with this incredibly
strong family,” says Lee.

Maj.
Troy Gilbert was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles
northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 27, 2006, while engaged in support of
coalition ground combat operations. Gilbert, who was posthumously
awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, deployed in September 2006 from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to the 332nd
Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. He was assigned as the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group chief
of standardization and evaluation. On the day of the accident, he was flying with the 524th Expeditionary
Fighter Squadron.

About Lee Brice:
With
his latest album, ‘I Don’t Dance,’ (9.14) Lee has scored two Billboard
Country #1 smashes. “I Don’t Dance” and “Drinking Class,” with “That
Don’t Sound Like You” earning a Top 10 chart position. As “one of the
finest singer-songwriters country music has to offer” (USA Today), Lee
has written songs
for artists including Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory,” Tim McGraw’s “Still,” the Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl.”  

Lee
Brice released his debut album, ‘Love Like Crazy,’ in 2009. The title
track reached #3 on the Billboard Country chart and set a record as the
longest-charting song in that chart’s history.  In 2012, he topped his
own success with ‘Hard 2 Love,’ an album that went Gold and featured
three #1 Country singles, including “I Drive Your Truck,” which won Song
of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards.  The record earned raves
everywhere from NPR to Country Weekly and found the New York Times
hailing him as “a sensitive macho man,” a compliment that perfectly
encapsulates both sides of Brice’s persona. ‘Hard 2 Love’ also garnered
Lee his late-night debut with a stirring performance of “I Drive Your
Truck” on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”  

Brice
took it a step further on his latest album, ‘I Don’t Dance’ (9.14),
relishing the role of producer with a flair for experimentation,
resulting in the album’s title track hitting #1 at radio the week the
album came out.  Lee can currently be heard alongside long-time friend
and label-mate, Jerrod Niemann, on Jerrod’s latest single, “A Little
More Love.”  Lee will continue to tour through the fall while also
writing and recording his fourth studio album slated for release in 2017
on Curb Records 

Follow Lee Brice here:
Official Website: leebrice.com
Facebook: facebook.com/leebricemusic
Twitter: twitter.com/leebrice
Instagram: instagram.com/leebrice
YouTube: youtube.com/user/leebricemusic   


(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

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