Rock legends recognized for support of veterans

Motley Crue honored in St. Louis

Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil gestures during a concert Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Press, Joel Bissell)

Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil gestures during a concert Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Press, Joel Bissell) Photo by The Associated Press.

Though their name is often associated with the revelry of gritty lyrics and razor-sharp guitar riffs, the musicians in an American hard rock band possess a reverence of the nation’s veterans that has recently earned them a profound tribute.

In recognition of their support of the military community, Motley Crue was presented with the 2014 Silver Star Families of America commendation award in a recent ceremony held backstage as part of the band’s final tour in St. Louis.

A non-profit based out of Clever, Missouri, the SSFOA’s primary mission is to recognize and support veterans who are wounded, injured or have acquired an illness related to their service in a combat zone — regardless of service branch or military conflict.

The commendation can be awarded to military or civilian personnel, departments or organizations who have positively affected the lives of wounded and ill veterans.

Previous commendation recipients include President George W. Bush, Gen. David Petraeus, Ann-Margret and Gary Sinise.

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Motley Crue bass guitarist Nikki Sixx plays during a concert July 2, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

This year, the SSFOA founders selected Motley Crue to receive the honor for their “unwavering support of the military community by hosting veterans at their concerts and the donation of considerable funds to charitable organizations that assist returning service members,” as the award citation noted.

Acknowledging the honor of receiving such the award, Nikki Sixx, the band’s bass player, exclaimed: “This is great! I plan on hanging the (Silver Star) flag in my tour bus!”

Jeremy P. Amick writes on behalf of the Silver Star Families of America.

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