Award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes is back at it again – this time celebrating the service and sacrifice of our nation’s troops and military families, and taking the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign to Norfolk as part of his first-ever USO tour.
On a mission to share, give and take a moment to thank troops for their service, Hayes performed his very first USO concert at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday, September 18.
The Hunter Hayes USO show took place on the base’s Parade Grounds and was attended by approx. 1,100 troops and military families stationed in and around Norfolk, Virginia area. Earlier that morning, Hayes invited two local service members (and their families) to join him ‘on air’ at WGH-FM and WUSH-FM in Norfolk.
The spirit-lifting, moment-filled studio visit included an opportunity for the service members and their guests to talk one-on-one with the star, pose for photos, join Hayes ‘on air’ and get a sneak peak of what life is like for the star behind-the-scenes. The service members were finalists of a USO Facebook contest, conducted by USO of Hampton Roads.
Hayes recently joined fellow celebrities Kellie Pickler, Jason Derulo and Dennis Haysbert, in becoming the latest entertainer to come forward and partner with the “Every Moment Counts” campaign – the USO’s new initiative asking Americans to show their gratitude to troops by helping create and provide real, everyday moments for our military families.
On September 4, 2014, the star pledged his commitment to create special moments that matter for military families at each show off his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.
Following his moment-filled USO visit to Virginia, Hayes will perform yet another USO show for troops at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in the U.K. on Oct. 11.
For more information on “Every Moment Counts,” please visit USOmoments.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #USOMoments.
Quote attributed to Hunter Hayes: “I can’t express in words what this first USO show was like for me. Getting to perform for all these special men and women, and their families – all of you! Thank you for your service, and for sacrificing all the little moments. We love you.”