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Toby Keith Sings Duet With Former POW
AP ^ | 05/10/03 | ROXANA HEGEMAN

Posted on 05/10/2003 5:42:48 PM PDT by Pokey78

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (AP) -- Former prisoner of war Pfc. Patrick Miller got a huge surprise at a parade and rally in his honor Saturday - courtesy of country star Toby Keith.

Miller, who enjoyed irritating his Iraqi captors by singing Keith's "Courtesy of the Red White & Blue," was reluctantly persuaded to strike up the tune with three school buddies during the homecoming in his childhood hometown.

They were cut off by Bobby Massey, pastor of Valley Center Assembly of God, who told them, "I think it would be better if we got someone who knows how to sing it."

Then Miller watched incredulously as Keith emerged from the crowd and strode up to the platform to sing the popular song. The crowd roared whenever Keith stepped back and let Miller sing a few choice lines in the song. Miller blinked back tears.

Keith said it was an easy decision to make the appearance in the town north of Wichita. "After finding out he was singing the 'Red White and Blue' to the Iraqis - how can you say no?" he said.

Afterward, Keith presented Miller with the guitar he had played.

Keith quickly left after playing the song, telling reporters later he did not want to take the spotlight away from Miller. He later joined the soldier for a private lunch.

Miller was one of seven soldiers rescued April 13 when Iraqi forces abandoned their posts ahead of advancing American troops. At the rally, he asked the crowd of roughly 2,000 to keep thinking of the troops still in Iraq.

"We still have people fighting, people are still going over there," he said. "Some will come home, some might not come home. We don't know yet. So please keep them in your thoughts," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Kansas; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: 507th; music; patrickmiller; pfcmiller; pow; tobykeith
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1 posted on 05/10/2003 5:42:48 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
What a great story! Thank you!
2 posted on 05/10/2003 5:45:22 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Pokey78
Outstanding!
3 posted on 05/10/2003 5:45:49 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Pokey78
Very cool!
4 posted on 05/10/2003 5:45:53 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: Pokey78
God bless him. God bless them both.
5 posted on 05/10/2003 5:46:07 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: Pokey78
Kudos to Keith. I've never thought him the best singer in the world but his heart - and his politics - are in the right place. He's performing at the NRA convention this year! It's probably safe to say the dude is a Republican.
6 posted on 05/10/2003 5:46:39 PM PDT by thumblesswonder (Celebrities suck. Mostly.)
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To: Pokey78
I love this.Happy ,happy homecoming,soldier.
7 posted on 05/10/2003 5:47:37 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Pokey78
Afterward, Keith presented Miller with the guitar he had played.

Keith quickly left after playing the song, telling reporters later he did not want to take the spotlight away from Miller. He later joined the soldier for a private lunch.



Country Class or what!

Not like.....those unnamed others.
8 posted on 05/10/2003 5:48:23 PM PDT by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: tet68
I was thinking the exact same thing. I have always liked Toby Keith. Now, I know why!
9 posted on 05/10/2003 5:52:17 PM PDT by ozaukeemom
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To: GulfWar1Vet
ping for you.
10 posted on 05/10/2003 5:54:49 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: thumblesswonder
I've never thought him the best singer in the world

Me either, but he's a great songwriter, a terrific person, and awfully cute! And not a bad vocalist, of his type. Everyone can't be Placido.

11 posted on 05/10/2003 5:56:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Leaving Oklahoma in six weeks!)
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To: tet68
Absolutely a heartwarming story. And kudos for Pfc Miller to have the courage to taunt his captors with Courtesy of the Red White and Blue. Could have been really bad for him. Thank God for happy endings and thank God for people like Toby Keith who know when to appear and when to disappear and then have a private time with the person they are there for. Class unending.
12 posted on 05/10/2003 5:57:22 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Pokey78
I have this HUGE smile on my face--Toby Keith, what a classy guy! I wish I could've seen Pcf. Miller's face when Keith walked up out of the crowd!
13 posted on 05/10/2003 5:57:43 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Pokey78
Doesn't matter if you like his singing or not, Mr. Keith appears to be a class act, And
GOD bless each and every one of our soldiers and bring them home safely to their loved ones.
14 posted on 05/10/2003 5:57:52 PM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Pokey78; xsmommy
Ping.
15 posted on 05/10/2003 5:59:08 PM PDT by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: Pokey78
Too cool!

Saw Toby Keith in Concert in August of 2001 - just before 9/11. He was opening for Brooks & Dunn (another great American recording act). I will definitely be buying tickets for his next show in town.

16 posted on 05/10/2003 6:00:20 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (California wine beats French wine in blind taste tests. Boycott French wine.)
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To: Pokey78
I may never have the extreme honor of meeting Patrick Miller face to face, but I would love to have been there to see and hear this. When I saw Patrick and the other POWs it was like seeing an answer to my prayers, a big resounding YES to my prayers! I wore my cross necklace to remind me to pray for the POWs, for their safe return home.

This was just like when our friend Amy at age 22 was in a terrible car wreck. She had extensive head injuries. My husband and her other co-workers took turns taking her to Houston for therapy. She had to relearn EVERYTHING from walking to talking to shopping to driving. She is a chemical engineer so she had a LOT to relearn.

After her treatment, recovery, therapy, I watched her walked up to a company BBQ.... I still remember saying it isn't every day you get to SEE AN ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYERS. She made a full recovery!

That is the SAME feeling I had when I saw our POWs leaving to come home, then touching home again. I am so humbled by their service. Thank you GOD for the recovery of our dear beloved friend Amy, and thank you GOD for the recovery of our dear beloved heroes our POWS.

My uncle is still MIA from WWII and I know what a terrible tragedy that has been for our family, never finding him, never knowing.....

Did our family find only sadness, did we give up, did we become bitter? No, my father tried to enlist.....
17 posted on 05/10/2003 6:02:04 PM PDT by NEBO (Freedom is worth fighting for!)
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To: annyokie
How do you like me now bump
18 posted on 05/10/2003 6:02:53 PM PDT by Blueflag
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To: Blueflag
Love that Toby Keith! "We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way."
19 posted on 05/10/2003 6:04:56 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Pokey78
Wow! I saw Toby and his band (for free) at the Alameda County Fair about 6 years ago or so... hour-long set, worked as hard as if he had filled a 50,000 seat coliseum. Great show. I'd love to see him again.
20 posted on 05/10/2003 6:07:26 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: Chad Fairbanks; Amelia; Southflanknorthpawsis; justshe; CWOJackson; deport; Howlin; ...
A DON'T MISS THIS ONE ping!

Afterward, Keith presented Miller with the guitar he had played.

Keith quickly left after playing the song, telling reporters later he did not want to take the spotlight away from Miller. He later joined the soldier for a private lunch.

How cool is that? Toby Keith is too hip! (And by the way, Pfc. Miller is a seriously brave guy and one hell of an American.)

21 posted on 05/10/2003 6:11:34 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (I'm happy, yet I'm aware of the ironic ramifications of my happiness.)
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To: bootless; xsmommy
I saw him for free in a mall parking lot....(that was REALLY a few years ago.) What a guy!

Justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys
You got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we’ll sing a victory tune
We’ll all meet back at the local saloon
We’ll raise up our glasses against evil forces
Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

stay away from him, xsmommy, LOL

22 posted on 05/10/2003 6:13:08 PM PDT by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Cool - thanks for the ping!
23 posted on 05/10/2003 6:13:18 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Pokey78
We "get it"! Toby Keith "get's it"! Why don't the Dems? The only answer is that they are mentally ill!
24 posted on 05/10/2003 6:13:18 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Tag, your're it!)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Too cool! Thanks for the ping!
25 posted on 05/10/2003 6:21:44 PM PDT by Amelia (#8!)
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To: Pokey78
Awesome story... brings a smile to my face.
26 posted on 05/10/2003 6:27:49 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: facedown
Class act ping.
27 posted on 05/10/2003 6:28:52 PM PDT by sistergoldenhair (Don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.)
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To: Amelia; HairOfTheDog; Texasforever
You're so welcome guys - I love good news like this.

Forgot to ping Tex! [Hits self in head.] Tex, I think you're going to love this story...
28 posted on 05/10/2003 6:29:25 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (I'm happy, yet I'm aware of the ironic ramifications of my happiness.)
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To: TxBec
I love that song... "beer for my horses".... I laugh everytime I think about it!!
29 posted on 05/10/2003 6:40:07 PM PDT by crazykatz
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To: Pokey78
Afterward, Keith presented Miller with the guitar he had played.

As a guitar player, that says it all to me. Class with a capital P.

FMCDH

30 posted on 05/10/2003 6:40:18 PM PDT by nothingnew
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Ice..... man...... Ice.....

thanks for the holler
31 posted on 05/10/2003 6:43:27 PM PDT by deport (Beware of Idiots bearing gifts.... One maybe the FR Joke)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Thanks for the ping, DOAIJV~~~!

GREAT story!
32 posted on 05/10/2003 6:44:01 PM PDT by justshe
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To: nothingnew
Capital C.

It's Saturday nite, my bad....(Giving one of my guitars away would be like giving my first born away...)

FMCDH

33 posted on 05/10/2003 6:44:22 PM PDT by nothingnew
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To: Pokey78; ohioWfan; rintense; admiralsn
What a great story, Thanks for posting it

This needs to be shared, pinging a few friends

34 posted on 05/10/2003 6:46:13 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Freedom is Ringing)
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To: Pokey78
KICK @ss. That's awesome!
35 posted on 05/10/2003 6:53:20 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Take a Bullet Republicans, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: azGOPgal; lawgirl; Wphile; Howlin
Pingin' a few of my friends....
36 posted on 05/10/2003 6:56:45 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the Dose's Jesus Freaks, Take a Bullet Republicans, and Gonzo News Service)
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To: MJY1288
Isn't this a great story? I am so glad I read it! God bless Toby Keith and Pfc. Miller!
37 posted on 05/10/2003 6:58:56 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
A very great story indeed
38 posted on 05/10/2003 7:03:13 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Freedom is Ringing)
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To: Miss Marple
How do you like him now? His debut album "Toby Keith" ('93) is still one of my favorites.
39 posted on 05/10/2003 7:07:16 PM PDT by Zestygherkins
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To: Zestygherkins
Well, I like him as a person, but I am not a big listener of country music. My taste tends to be classical.

However, I have started listening a bit because I feel like these people should be supported. So, ask me again in about a year!

40 posted on 05/10/2003 7:17:50 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Miss Marple, I so agree with you. I shall begin to listen to Toby, too.
41 posted on 05/10/2003 7:27:57 PM PDT by Estra Jean
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I love it!

42 posted on 05/10/2003 7:40:36 PM PDT by tarawa
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To: Pokey78
Outstanding report - thank you!

Great job Toby.
43 posted on 05/10/2003 7:42:34 PM PDT by lodwick
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To: lodwick; Sean Hannity
Bump for Toby!

Hey, Sean, lookie here! :-)

44 posted on 05/10/2003 7:56:13 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
image
Pfc. Patrick Miller, right, sings an "Angry American"
with Toby Keith, left, in Valley Center, Kansas.

45 posted on 05/10/2003 7:56:13 PM PDT by deport (Beware of Idiots bearing gifts.... One maybe the FR Joke)
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To: Pokey78
If FR ever has a benefit concert (Freepapalooza?), Toby Keith should be the headline act!!!
46 posted on 05/10/2003 7:57:37 PM PDT by bourbon (Who's your daddy?!?!)
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To: deport
Thanks. Boy, I'm Proud To Be An American, aren't you? ; )
47 posted on 05/10/2003 8:00:12 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (I'm happy, yet I'm aware of the ironic ramifications of my happiness.)
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To: Pokey78; Aquamarine; MeeknMing; SAMWolf; AntiJen; dansangel; dutchess; Billie; ...
Cool story, Pokey.

Ping to you the usual suspects...

48 posted on 05/10/2003 8:19:19 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Yes, at least I know I'm free.....
49 posted on 05/10/2003 8:20:52 PM PDT by deport (Beware of Idiots bearing gifts.... One maybe the FR Joke)
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To: Diver Dave; Pokey78
Great story! Thanks DD for pinging me to it.
50 posted on 05/10/2003 8:25:42 PM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (I)mJustJokingButYouShouldHaveSeenTheLookOnYourFace...)
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