Lee Brice helped to honor a fallen soldier this Memorial Day by bringing a father’s legacy back to life in the form of his truck.
In April, Brice surprised Ginger Gurley Gilbert Ravella and her family with the truck her husband traded in to save money before shipping out to Iraq 10 years ago.
Sadly, he never returned home. Troy was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad.
Ginger admitted it was Brice’s song, “I Drive Your Truck,” that made her remember her late husband’s old truck, wishing she could find it.
Moved by the story, Brice searched for Troy’s 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500.
Brice found the truck, purchased it, shipped it to Las Vegas and presented it to the family. (Watch the video HERE)
The singer didn’t stop there. Brice teamed up with Folds of Honor Foundation to restore the truck, and return it to Gilbert family.
“When we got this truck it was barely driveable,” said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder and also a F-16 fighter pilot. “It will ultimately end up being the oldest thing in America because this thing will be around for 100 years.”
On Memorial Day, May 30th, Lee Brice and Dan Rooney presented the car to Ginger and two of her sons, Greyson and Boston, who became emotional seeing their father’s truck.
The truck has been restored with Troy’s squadron on the front and his silhouette on the back.
“It’s his legacy. These guys are going to have a piece of Troy,” Rooney said during the interview.