Could she hit those notes any more perfectly?
The Kelly Clarkson Show - Season 2
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The show must always go on. This year, musical performances to honor military heroes across the country on Veterans Day may have taken place in the virtual realm in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but they were every bit as spine-chilling and powerful. From Musicians on Call's Concert for Veterans Presented by Wrangler featuring Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreery, and others, to local organizations putting on digital tributes, there were countless amazing renditions of patriotic tunes broadcast on computer screens, TVs, and mobile devices all over the nation.

One of such performances that we can't get out of our heads? Kelly Clarkson's breathtaking cover of the Ray Charles' version of America, the Beautiful on NBC's The Kelly Clarkson Show. Wearing a black dress, Clarkson takes on the tune with grace and poise letting her exceptional vocal chops soar over the subdued musical accompaniment.

The familiar lyrics—the "amber waves of grain" and "purple mountain majesties" long etched into the landscapes of our mind's eye—all the more moving in a year when we can't hug, kiss, thank so many of the veterans we love, it's hard to watch the video and not be moved.

We don't know about you, but we think we'll be sharing this video with all of our loved ones who have served in the military. Then we'll go ahead and express our gratitude for veterans wtih a letter or email, check out local organizations for military heroes to see how we can help, and stream some of these patriotic movies. Veterans Day may have been this past Wednesday, but we think every day is a good reason to honor these brave men and women.

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Share with us: What's your favorite song to celebrate America? With parades and festivities cancelled, did you do something special to celebrate veterans this year from afar?