During her nationwide Wildcard Tour, Miranda Lambert has created the wonderful tradition of honoring one first responder at each show. Family and friends nominate a first responder and then Lambert selects one to be highlighted during the concert.
She posted a video on Instagram alongside her husband, New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin, to talk about why she is moved to do this.
"We are in Tupelo, Mississippi, kicking off the Wildcard Tour with Cody Johnson and LANCO," Lambert said. "We are doing something really cool in this tour that I want to tell you all about. Last November, when we were releasing Wildcard, we stopped by Nash FM to see Kelly Ford, and she is doing this thing where every Friday she nominates a first responder to be honored. I got to nominate Brendan that day, from the NYPD, and it really inspired me. So on this whole tour, we're going to work with the radio stations in certain cities, and hopefully have you guys nominated somebody that you think needs recognition for all their hard work.
"These brave men and women are keeping our lives safe every day," she added. "I'm a cop's kid and now I'm married to a cop. I have firemen in my family, so I really appreciate everything everybody does, and I wanna meet these people on the road. They get two meet and greets and two tickets."
She thanked Kelly Ford in the caption of the video, writing, "Thank you @thekellyford for the inspiration. I’m so excited about meeting these first responders to thank them for their service on the #WildcardTour. See y’all out there."
Fans in the comments are grateful that she's created this tradition. "Awesome thank you for recognizing our brave first responders . From the daughter of a an LEO and now wife of an LEO," one said.
"So awesome!!! Thank you for thinking of some many amazing people!" another wrote.
Lambert had previously talked about honoring first responders in a statement she released earlier this month.
"I was really inspired by Kelly Ford, who honors a first responder every Friday on her show, and last November I got to nominate my husband, Brendan," Lambert said. "I wanted to be able to spread that to every city we're visiting on the Wildcard Tour, and say thank you to the brave men and women who keep those places safe.
"It's been incredibly inspiring to hear stories of local heroes," she added, "and I'm honored to have them as our guests every night."