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The widow of the late country music legend Charlie Daniels is grateful for an unexpected surprise from President Donald Trump.
Hazel Daniels and the couple’s son, Charlie Daniels Jr., penned a thank you note to the president and tagged him on Instagram and Twitter posts on Monday, sharing an image of the letter sent by Trump to offer condolences on the passing of the 83-year-old star who died of a hemorrhagic stroke earlier this month.
“Mr. President, we are honored that you would think of us in our time of grieving. Thank you so much, Donald J. Trump,” the caption read on the post shared on the official page for the Charlie Daniels Band account.
Trump’s letter included his words of comfort from first lady Melania Trump as well on the passing of the southern rock star who was well-known for his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“Dear Hazel, I was saddened to learn of the loss of your beloved husband, Charlie, and send my deepest condolences,” the letter from the president began.
“Charlie will forever be remembered as a true American patriot, and his contributions to country music will be celebrated for generations,” he added.
“He inspired many Americans with his unyielding support of our brave men and women in uniform. Your husband reminded us that we must honor those who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms. Our great Nation depends on artists like Charlie who promote love of country,” Trump wrote.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) July 19, 2020
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member had established a Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University.
“Charlie’s love of life and country was radiant and inspiring,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee had said after the musician’s passing.
“And we at MTSU shall work every day to sustain and extend his legacy through the good works of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center,” he added. “Charlie will live on, not only through his music but also through the lives lifted through his generosity.”
The president expressed to Daniels’ widow that the legendary singer-songwriter “will be greatly missed.”.
“During this difficult time, the First Lady and I send our prayers to you, your family, and all who loved Charlie,” Trump concluded his letter. “May his music continue to reverberate in the hearts of countless Americans.”
Daniels, who died at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., was honored with a procession from the hospital to the funeral home in Mt. Juliet by the Mt. Juliet Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department.
Twitter users reacted to the note of thanks Daniels’ widow had shared for the president’s kindness.
There are many that will never see the light of day because as a generous man his caring and donations are not publicized. One I know of is is caring for Buffalo QB Jim Kelly and his family during his fights against jaw cancer. Jim has told the story but not often.
— Nevman (@Ftbllover) July 19, 2020
So very cool to hear @POTUS sent this letter. Charlie was a great American
— Michael Waddell (@BoogerBottom) July 19, 2020
Thank you for sharing that with all of us. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Tamra Trent (@TrentTamra) July 19, 2020
Forever in our hearts Charlie. President Trump truly cares for each and everyone of We the People. 🇺🇸MAGA 🇺🇸KAG2020
— Diana Mattison (@riggs4585) July 19, 2020
Beautiful letter from our President and First Lady ❤️🇺🇸. Mr Daniels was the most patriotic American. I always looked forward to reading his tweets. My prayers to you and your family 🙏🏻. He was a great man RIP Charlie Daniels. Life goes by too fast 😢
— Karen Ujlaky (@Mstyblueeyes) July 20, 2020
How wonderful! Love our President! He clearly knows what a patriot Charlie was! This needs framing! 🙋♀️❤️🇺🇸🤠
— Ohio Yallers 🤠 (@OhioYallers) July 19, 2020
Thank you for sharing this letter from our wonderful President honoring Charlie!
— Mike Greenfield (@BoogalooMike) July 19, 2020