Lee Brice paid tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert at a full military honors funeral service on Monday, Dec. 19.
Gilbert was an F-16 pilot whose plane went crashing down 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Nov. 27, 2006. He was classified as “missing in action” for ten years before his body was finally recovered. His family laid him to rest this week in Arlington National Cemetery.
Brice stood in front of Gilbert’s family and friends at the private chapel service held in the Old Post Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. With just an acoustic guitar in hand, he performed a touching rendition of Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” A sentimental video of the day is below.
“Singing at Troy’s funeral was a moment I’ll never forget,” says Lee. “I’m grateful for Troy’s sacrifice and I admire Ginger and her family for their sacrifice, also. I can’t imagine what they went through and I’m honored to have been a part of this special moment with this incredibly strong family.”
Brice was never able to meet Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert, but the country singer holds a special place in his family’s heart. His first meeting with Gilbert’s wife Ginger was at a Ford Honors event in 2015. It was there that Brice and Ginger ended up connecting over his song “I Drive Your Truck.” The track reminded Ginger of the one Gilbert sold prior to deploying to Iraq. During their discussion, she ended up telling Brice how she wished she still had that 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500.
Earlier this year, Brice had the honor of helping Ginger and her family reunite with that old truck. At the ACM “Party for a Cause” Festival, Brice surprised Ginger by pulling her on stage and handing her the keys to her husband’s Silverado.