For the fifth year in a row, Granger Smith plans to raise money for veterans by walking 100 miles. The “Backroad Song” singer makes the trek from Austin to Fort Hood, one of the country’s largest military bases.
Smith began the annual tradition years ago in an effort to raise money for military veterans and their families. He laced up combat boots and walked to Fort Hood over several days, where he then put on a concert benefiting the Boot Campaign. But this year, he’s making it a bit different.
In a video, Smith explained that he wants to honor fallen soldiers along the trip. He’ll walk 20 miles for five days in a row. Each tell, he’ll tell the story of a fallen soldier and honor their legacy and family.
“There are heroes among us today,” Smith says on the Boot Walk website. “When a hero falls, their legacy must live on. Their story must be told and retold.” Military families can submit a soldier up until December 28. Smith then plans to choose five candidates, telling their stories in a documentary series along the way.
Smith makes a point to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces at all of his shows. Not to mention through other events, like the Pledge of Allegiance Tour, in which he visited landmarks throughout the 13 original colonies and recited the pledge.
It’s heartwarming to see Smith double down on his commitment to veterans, even amidst his increasingly busy tour schedule and burgeoning career.