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Not a dry eye: Taya Kyle helps Garth Brooks salute the troops in powerful ACM awards tribute

This year’s Academy of Country Music Awards’ star-spangled tribute to our men and women serving in the armed forces was even more spectacular than last.

Country star Garth Brooks chose his new song, “All-American Kid,” as a dedication to the troops. And as an added measure of poignancy, both the song and the performer were introduced by Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the celebrated “American Sniper.”

To read the viewers’ reactions on Twitter, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including those of Townhall editor Katie Pavlich:

Brooks is one of the most popular country stars around, but for everyone watching, it wasn’t about Brooks — the real stars were in the aisle:

Before Kyle introduced Brooks, she added her own “thank you” to the men and women in uniform.

“I’m extremely grateful to all the first responders, veterans and their families for all their sacrifices,” she told the audience, according to People. “I hope their example will continue to inspire a culture of service in hometowns across this country.”

Then she introduced the performer to sing “All-American Kid”:

“To sing it, a man who is a patriot and who continues to touch us through his music – the legendary Garth Brooks,” she told the crowd.

When Brooks arrived on stage, he first paid tribute to the troops:

And how’d he do? You tell me.

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