NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 2, 2018) - The show that made country music famous is scheduled to salute the families of enlisted soldiers with a red carpet parade and two special  Salute the Troops Opry performances Tuesday, May 22. The public is invited to be a part of the honored families’ red carpet arrivals outside the Opry House beginning at 5:45 p.m., and the evening’s Opry performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Trace Adkins, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, and Darius Rucker. Tickets for the evening’s first show are on sale now, and tickets for the second show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thurs., May 3.

The Opry, the Tennessee National Guard Family Programs organization, and the USO will invite men and women of the U.S. military as well as spouses, children, and parents of soldiers serving overseas to walk a red carpet into the Opry House for the evening’s shows saluting the troops and the families they leave at home to serve the United States.

"We owe so much to our veterans and to the families of our veterans," said Morgan, a U.S. Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member. "We are all truly grateful for the sacrifices they make for our nation. My fellow artists and I are very excited to head to the Opry that night, shake as many family members’ hands as we can, say thank you, and offer some of our songs in salute.”

Tickets for both shows will be available at 615-871-OPRY and opry.com. Among other artists scheduled for the Opry and Opry Country Classics in May are Bobby Bare, Terri Clark, Easton Corbin, Jordan Davis, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Lorrie Morgan, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, and Brett Young.

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday Night Opry shows running through December 12.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

About Tennessee National Guard Family Programs:

TN National Guard J9 Family Programs is a diverse group of professionals with distinctive skill sets that form the center of gravity to enhance our Guard families’ circle of life.  It is dedicated to providing guidance and direct actions to implement enduring solutions that will reduce high risk stress, and eliminate stigma, promoting resiliency within our guard families….Strength through Resiliency.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.  

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President's Circle Partners: A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, AT&T, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, The Boeing Company, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Mission BBQ,  NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Altria, BBMC Mortgage, BIC, GEICO, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Prudential, Target, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.