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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 5, 2024) – The Grand Ole Opry is scheduled to salute the U.S. Military with a return of the red carpet parade and what has become a highlight of the year, the special Salute the Troops Opry performance Tuesday, May 21.

Among the artists scheduled to perform are Opry member Craig Morgan, who serves as an Army Reserve Warrant Officerand will perform with the 313th U.S. Army Band, Opry member Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, HunterGirl, Austin Snell and more.

Additionally,the Opry will welcome Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve command, as its special guest. Lt. Gen. Daniels, the first female to command the Reserve component, commands more than 200,000 soldiers and civilian employees who live and work in communities across the country. 

The Opry and its presenting sponsor Humana are partnering with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), whose mission is to support, serve, advocate for and foster camaraderie among U.S. veterans. Special VFW guests attending the show will be Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief Carol Whitmore, also the first female to hold such a position, and Brian Walker, interim VFW Foundation director. 

“The VFW is honored to be a part of the Grand Ole Opry’s Salute the Troops event along with our great friends at Humana,”

“We’re honored to be included in a historic night dedicated to celebrating the brave service and continued sacrifices of America’s best and brightest.”

VFW National Commander Duane Sarmiento

The Opry will invite active duty and veteran service members attending the show, as well as their spouses, children, and parents to join a red carpet parade into the Opry House for the evening’s show. Lt. Gen Daniels and retired Army Lt. Gen Keith Huber, senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives at Middle Tennessee State University and founder of the MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and Carol Whitmore Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief with the VFW, will lead the parade. 

The public is invited to arrive at 5:00 pm to see the 313th U.S. Army Band perform in the Opry Plaza before they lead the honored red carpet parade guests beginning at 5:45 pm. Opry House doors will open after the honored guests have entered the building for the 7 pm show.  Tickets are available at 615-871-OPRY and 

This year’s Opry Salute the Troops will be filmed to air as a special Opry Live on Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 25) on the Opry Facebook and YouTube channels, streaming free on the Circle Now app, or tune in via Circle Country digital streaming partners at 9/8 pm CT. The show will air live on WSM Radio and will also be heard on SiriusXM, Channel 59 Willie’s Roadhouse.

The Opry’s Salute the Troops celebration is presented by Humana and supported by the VFW. Participating sponsors include Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Transition to Trades and the MTSU Daniels Center. Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Huber will be a guest announcer representing the Daniels Center. 

Among the artists scheduled to appear on the Opry in the coming weeks include Lauren Alaina, Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Terri Clark, Ashley Cooke, Tyler Hubbard, Malpass Brothers, Scotty McCreery, Old Crow Medicine Show, Drew Parker, T.G. Sheppard, Jeannie Seely, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Anne Wilson, Trisha Yearwood among many others.

Tickets for Opry shows and backstage tours are on sale now at (615) 871-OPRY and


The Grand Ole Opry is the home of country music where artists and fans gather, in person and virtually, to celebrate and be part of country’s past, present and future. Founded in Nashville in 1925 and today the longest-running live broadcast show in the world, the Opry strengthens its roots by constantly evolving. The Opry’s members are country’s most emblematic artists, and the show regularly showcases country music’s top new talent. The Opry welcomes legions of fans to visit the Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – Music City, USA – to experience one of the 3-5 live shows it hosts per week; take a backstage tour; listen to live broadcasts on and, SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, or its flagship home WSM Radio; and watch Opry Live on Saturday nights and Opry content all week long on Circle Country. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) and part of a strategic investment with Atairos and NBCUniversal.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.4 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at


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