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Worley honors military families with concert

James Daffron gets his guitar signed by Darryl Worley Saturday at the post exchange.

James Daffron gets his guitar signed by Darryl Worley Saturday at the post exchange.

Story and photos by Kerstin Lopez

Mountaineer staff

Darryl Worley’s “God & Country Tour” came to Fort Carson Saturday to pay tribute to military families with a free concert.

The “God & Country Tour” is a country music tribute to the military and their families, and Fort Carson was the fourth stop of seven U.S. military installations.

Worley made an appearance at the post exchange early Saturday morning for a CD signing and to get a chance to meet his fans.

James Daffron made a special trip to the post exchange to meet Worley and got his guitar signed. He said he was looking forward to the concert later that night and it would be his second time watching Worley perform.

“He’s one of my favorites,” Daffron said.

The concert kicked off at 8 p.m. atMcMahon Auditorium and intertwined songs and stories during the two-hour performance. Worley expressed his gratitude to the audience for welcoming him with such enthusiasm and explained why the tour was so important to him.

“It’s a big deal because we love and appreciate what you folks do, and we come and do these things because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s our way to serve and give back to the men and women that do so much for us to keep us free and that keep our families safe,” Worley said.

Worley said he’s seen the changes firsthand during the many trips he’s made to Iraq and Afghanistan and commended the servicemembers and their families for the sacrifices they make daily. He said those sacrifices are contributing to changing the world and will not be forgotten.

“They do an incredible job – you can’t possibly imagine unless you’ve been and seen it yourself how they’ve changed the world, not just that region. But when you change that region, you change the world,” Worley said.

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