Song With Fort Drum Connection Wins ACM Award

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It starts with a simple list of normal things in the cab of a truck, but this song about coping with the death of a Fort Drum soldier is continuing its amazing run in Nashville.

The inspiration for "I Drive Your Truck" comes from the father of a Fort Drum soldier. During an interview on NPR, Paul Monti, described how he coped with the loss of his son who was killed in Afghanistan. Monti simply drove his son's Dodge Ram pickup.

When songwriter Connie Harrington heard his story, she wrote the song and Lee Brice was chosen to sing it. The song was named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association in November.

Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was stationed at Fort Drum and deployed in Afghanistan when he was killed trying to save a fellow soldier, an act that earned him the Medal of Honor.

The song has undoubtedly made an amazing run through Nashville, but behind all the glamour and show, it all started with the loss of a soldier.

And that's story many at Fort Drum can relate to.

See our story from November.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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