By Julia LeDoux

Country music superstar Trace Adkins didn't let COVID-19 restrictions stop him from performing for what he calls the highlight of his year, the National Memorial Day Concert.

Adkins is a long-time supporter of the military and has often performed on USO tours for troops serving overseas.

“I’ve been afforded the opportunity to do things that civilians just don't get to do” he said. “I've landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier... got to fire a Karl Gustav (mortar)... it's just been some of the coolest things I've ever done with my career. Working with the military and vets is just humbling. People always ask me why I do so much work with veteran organizations and my answer is very simple, if you have an opportunity to associate with heroes, you should do that.”

PBS' National Memorial Day Concert: "America's Night of Remembrance" will air nationwide on Sunday May 24, from 8 to 9:30PM ET.