Caution: This might bring tears to your eyes.
Just an hour prior to gunshots reigning down on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, the audience belted out God Bless America after country artist John Rich invited U.S. active duty servicemen and veterans up on stage to be recognized.
"Every show that we do, and this has been now for over a thousand concerts in a row, Big Kenny and I like to invite up active duty and veterans and sometimes first responders as well. We'll bring them up on stage, read their names, we'll read where they served, when they served, what their job is in that town or community. Then we hand the microphone over and let them speak to the audience and then we always lead the entire crowd in God Bless American," John Rich told Sean Hannity Monday night. "You look out there and there were 22,000 people who had come in from southern California, from Arizona, from Nevada, there were people there from Canada, Tennessee, there were people there from all over the United States and North America singing God Bless America at the top of their lungs with their phones held high with the lights on celebrating freedom and the ability to live as Americans and sing together in unity."
"It's always a huge thing to see that kind of unity when everybody can sing the words together. Of course not everyone in the audience agrees with each other, but we all agree that we're Americans and we sing together. So that happened," he continued.
This is a POWERFUL moment of American unity just moments before many of them lost their lives. No politics, religion, race...Just AMERICANS. https://t.co/3Ib06Mj6QE— John Rich (@johnrich) October 3, 2017