The one-hour special features Cyrus performing acoustic versions of “Some Gave All,” “I’m American,” “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Nineteen” and conversations on-site with the servicemen and women of Camp Pendleton.
“When I see these young men… the troops that I’ve been with this year doing the homecoming show [and] the various USO tours that I’ve done… from Iraq to Afghanistan and all around the world, seeing our military, our men and women in uniform–that’s why we live in the greatest land in all the world, the United States of America,” said Billy Ray Cyrus on SiriusXM Patriot. “It’s their service, their sacrifice, their family’s sacrifice. One thing that I’ve seen over the past year is the children, the kids [and] their moms and dads that go away to serve our country. That foundation is the core of this great country that we live in, and it truly is a real honor to be in their presence.”
During the special, Cyrus’ daughter pop superstar Miley Cyrus called in as a surprise to talk to Lance Corporal Ian Hart, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton who had invited Miley via YouTube to be his date at the Marine Corps Ball taking place this weekend at the base.
Miley had hoped to join her father at Camp Pendleton to meet Lance Corporal Hart and the other Marines in person, but could not due to previously scheduled tour dates out of the country.
“I am so bummed that I can’t be there, I would have loved to meet you,” said Miley Cyrus. “I want to thank you for everything that you do and for keeping everybody safe… you are heroes to a lot of people and it was a big honor that you asked me… thank you so much.”
Billy Ray Cyrus then extended an invitation to Lance Corporal Hart and his family to meet and spend time with theirs, telling him, “Maybe you guys could come up to Toluca Lake and join us for dinner or lunch.” Lance Corporal Hart happily accepted.
Encore presentations of the “I’m American” Veterans Day special will air on SiriusXM Patriot channel 125 on November 11 at 9:00 pm, November 12 at 9:00 am, 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm and November 13 at 8:00 am, 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm (all times ET).