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(AUDIO) The Band Perry Celebrate Memorial Day In A Special Way

May 19, 2013

Memorial Day is a very special holiday for The Band Perry, not only because they have so much love and gratitude for our troops, “That sort of service I can’t even imagine. And we’re so grateful for that commitment,” says Kimberly, but also because of a special celebration they share each year with their grandmother. “We go with our grandmother back to her home in Mayath, Mississippi, where there’s this Memorial Day event that her church has hosted since, as long as we can remember,” explains Kimberly. “After the service they have this huge lunch,” adds Reid. “Everyone will bring a dish and it is one of our favorite things to go to.” The siblings have fond memories of visiting with some of the veterans when they were writing their first album. Reid says, “We went down there and we just listened to a lot of the stories that they had to tell because there’s some amazing anecdotes.” Kimberly says some of the stories were just unbelievable. “And we recorded them and unfortunately, so many of those folks who had told us those stories three short years ago are no longer with us, so it’s really like this moment in time that we’re trying to soak up before it’s gone away for us.”

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The Band Perry – Memorial Day 1:19

Kimberly – “Memorial Day is actually a really special day for our family. First of all, we’re so in love and so thankful with all the troops. And not only the troops themselves but their families who give for our country every single day. That sort of service I can’t even imagine. And we’re so grateful for that commitment. But it also is a time when our family always kinda marks off the calendar and we go with our grandmother back to her home in Mayath, Mississippi, where there’s this Memorial Day event that her church – I mean, has hosted since, as long as we can remember.”

Reid – “It is, yes. And after the service they have this huge lunch. Everyone will bring a dish and it is one of our favorite things to go to. I remember whenever we were in one phase of songwriting, we went down there…”

Kimberly – “For the first album.”

Reid – “…for the first album, yeah, and we went down there and we just listened to a lot of the stories that they had to tell because there’s some amazing anecdotes…”

Kimberly – “I mean you wouldn’t believe some of these stories. And we recorded them and unfortunately, so many of those folks who had told us those stories three short years ago are no longer with us, so it’s really like this moment in time that we’re trying to soak up before it’s gone away for us.”

Neil – “Our grandmother’s house was literally besides this church. She grew up here. And there’s just so much history down in that area.”

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