Taylor Swift's Album Dropped Veterans Day Weekend, Look How She Honors Them
By Jenni Fink
November 10, 2017
Taylor Swift released her newest album, Reputation, on Friday, which happened to fall on Veterans Day weekend. While the album isn't an ode to the military, over the years, Swift has honored United States service members on a personal level.
Gave a 96-year-old Veteran a Private Concert
Cyrus Porter, a 96-year-old World War II veteran, has attended multiple Swift concerts and told KFVS the two things he's most known for are being a Taylor Swift fan and a WWII veteran. He added, “I know they don't go together.”
The singer somehow found out about one of her oldest fans and on Dec. 26, 2016, surprised him and his family at his home for a private concert and meet-and-greet:
Called a Fallen Marine's Family
On May 11, 2012, Sgt. Wade Wilson was killed in action in Afghanistan, and after his death, one of his buddies reached out to Swift on YouTube.
“This is a shout out to the one and only Taylor Swift. I know you have no idea who I am but this video isn't about me. This is about good buddy, Sgt. Wade D. Wilson, who was killed in action Friday, May 11, 2012, in Afghanistan,“ KBTX reported Corporal Josh Marreel said in the video. ”Anybody that knew Willy knew that he worshiped you. He even slept with a post of you in between our beds in Afghanistan."
While he surely knew it was a long shot, he said it would be a “big thing” if Swift could do a video response to his family or a letter addressed to his parents saying how she “supported what he did.”
Swift didn't send a letter, but according to KBTX, she made a personal phone call to the family and sent flowers.
A Wedding Surprise
In 2016, a fan, whose brother is in the military, wrote a letter to Swift, which detailed how her brother married his wife in the hospital so their mom could bear witness to the momentous occasion before she passed.
At the hospital ceremony, the couple danced to “Blank Space,” and when the big day came for the reception, an unexpected guest showed up:
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