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Country star Charlie Daniels gets the “fit for a legend” memorial



Country music icon Charlie Daniels received a memorial service suitable for a legend that included large crowds, law enforcement acts like pallbearers, military awards and even performances by Trace Adkins and Vince Gill.

The Country Music Hall of Fame musician – who died at the age of 83 on Monday after a stroke according to his publicist – was held at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday night.

Best known for his 1979 hit The Devil Went Down To Georgia, he undoubtedly deserved an epic broadcast as there were several in attendance at the church with thousands watching the livestream of the memorial on social media.

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Standing room only: Country music icon Charlie Daniels received a memorial service suitable for a legend that included large crowds, law enforcement acts like pallbearers, military honors and even performances by Trace Adkins and Vince Gill

Standing room only: Country music icon Charlie Daniels received a memorial service suitable for a legend that included large crowds, law enforcement acts like pallbearers, military honors and even performances by Trace Adkins and Vince Gill

Legend: Country star Daniels died at the age of 83 on Monday after a stroke according to his publicist

Legend: Country star Daniels died at the age of 83 on Monday after a stroke according to his publicist

Paying respect: Law enforcement was seen carrying the coffin containing Daniels from Sellars Funeral Home in Mt.  Juliet

Paying respect: Law enforcement was seen carrying the coffin containing Daniels from Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet

Tips on the lid: Several of his close friends and family carried the coffin into Hearst before continuing to the memorial service

Tips on the lid: Several of his close friends and family carried the coffin into Hearst before continuing to the memorial service

There were also some outdoor areas where people gathered around big screens to enjoy the celebration of life.

Some of the biggest stars in the countries participated not only but also tributes through performances including Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Gretchen Wilson and Travis Tritt.

The singer, guitarist and player was also an honorary brigadier general of the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

Shelf: Some of the biggest stars in the countries not only participated but also paid tribute by performing including Trace Adkins (left) and Vince Gill

Shelf: Some of the biggest stars in the countries not only participated but also paid tribute by performing including Trace Adkins (left) and Vince Gill

Shelf: Some of the biggest stars in the countries not only participated but also paid tribute by performing including Trace Adkins (left) and Vince Gill

Beats high notes: Gretchen Wilson also played on the gal

Beats high notes: Gretchen Wilson also played on the gal

Sad: Travis Tritt was also a prominent artist

Sad: Travis Tritt was also a prominent artist

Dispatch: Since he was best known for his 1979 family reunion, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, he undoubtedly deserved an epic broadcast as there were several present in the church with thousands watching the live stream in the memorial on social media

Dispatch: Since he was best known for his 1979 family reunion, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, he undoubtedly deserved an epic broadcast as there were several present in the church with thousands watching the live stream in the memorial on social media

Icon: There were also some outdoor areas where people gathered around big screens to enjoy the celebration of life

Icon: There were also some outdoor areas where people gathered around big screens to enjoy the celebration of life

Sweet: Several fans sat in the heat watching the funeral service together

Sweet: Several fans sat in the heat watching the funeral service together

Tennessee’s deputy general, Army Major General Jeff Holmes, was joined by the university’s president and senior counsel for veterans and leadership initiatives to give military honors at the outdoor worship service at a funeral home in Mount Juliet.

The ceremony began with a flyover of Army Blackhawk helicopters. Holmes and university officials later presented American flags to Daniel’s wife, Hazel and son Charlie Daniels Jr.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered remarks between the performances.

Hero's End: Hearst was surrounded by law enforcement as they retired from the memorial service

Hero’s End: Hearst was surrounded by law enforcement as they retired from the memorial service

Call of duty: The singer, guitarist and player was also an honorary brigadier general of the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University, when a military veteran appears to greet Hearst as it passes by

Call of duty: The singer, guitarist and player was also an honorary brigadier general of the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University, when a military veteran appears to greet Hearst as it passes by

Exceptionalism: One of the cars at the service had a decal with a quote attributed to Daniels that read

Exceptionalism: One of the cars at the service had a decal with a quote attributed to Daniels that read “Only two things protect America, the grace of Almighty God and the United States military”

Still going strong: Charlie performed at a memorial service for country music singer Troy Gentry at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 14, 2017, in Nashville

Still going strong: Charlie performed at a memorial service for country music singer Troy Gentry at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 14, 2017, in Nashville

Daniels, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, began as a session musician and played at Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline sessions.

Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured extensively, sometimes with 250 performances a year.

Throughout his career, Daniels performed in the White House, the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and often for troops in the Middle East.

Shelf: A fan wears a Charlie Daniels shirt when he applauds a performance at a Daniels memorial

Shelf: A fan wears a Charlie Daniels shirt when he applauds a performance at a Daniels memorial

Crowds: Trace Adkins performs during a memorial service for musician Charlie Daniels

Crowds: Trace Adkins performs during a memorial service for musician Charlie Daniels

Sing: The country star did a few numbers to honor Daniels

Sing: The country star did a few numbers to honor Daniels

Back in the day: Daniels, center, joins the members of the Charlie Daniels Band with their Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 27, 1980, as the best country vocal performance by a group for their hit The Devil Went Down To Georgia

Back in the day: Daniels, center, joins the members of the Charlie Daniels Band with their Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 27, 1980, as the best country vocal performance by a group for their hit The Devil Went Down To Georgia


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