Lee Brice Honors Fallen Soldier With Memorial Day Surprise for Family
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 before shipping out to Iraq 10 years ago, where he would later die in combat. The family sold the truck to save money, and Ginger admits it was Brice’s song, "I Drive Your Truck," that made her remember her late husband’s old truck, wishing she could find it.
“Years later, when Lee’s song came out, it wasn’t the new truck I wished we still had,” she adds. “It was the old one, the one that belonged to Troy’s dad first, the one Troy drove for years, the one I knew our sons, Boston and Greyson, would get a kick out of.”
Moved by the story, Brice, his management team and several friends of the Ravella family searched for the 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 that formerly belonged to Troy. Brice found the truck, purchased it, shipped it to Las Vegas and presented it to the family.
"I'm a blessed bystander to be able to be a part of a story and a song was a big part of it as well," Brice tells FOX News.
The truck itself was in rough shape, and was restored and given back to the family on Memorial Day thanks to the help of Folds of Honor Foundation. Founder Dan Rooney and Brice presented the truck on Monday (May 30) to Gilbert's wife, Ginger, and teenage sons on Fox & Friends.
"When we got this truck it was barely driveable," Rooney says. "It will ultimately end up being the oldest thing in America because this thing will be around for 100 years."
"It's his legacy," Rooney says of Gilbert's truck. "And these guys are going to be able to have a piece of Troy."
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