A Patriot is:
“A PERSON WHO LOVES, SUPPORTS, AND DEFENDS HIS OR HER COUNTRY AND ITS INTERESTS WITH DEVOTION.”
The American Patriot Series acknowledges the activities of individuals, celebrities, or groups who have taken it upon themselves to give of their time, effort, and/or money to support active duty military personnel and our country’s veterans. Their actions identify them as a patriot and this series recognizes them as such.
Gene Simmons (ne: Chaim Witz) is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, author (six books), business entrepreneur, actor (in 40 films, television shows, and videos), and reality TV star. But he is more widely known as the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band, Kiss.
Simmons began playing the guitar as a child and formed his first band as a teenager. After playing with several other bands he started Kiss, a rock band he co-founded with rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s. The band released their debut album in 1974.
Both Simmons and Kiss have actively performed for our nation’s military and veterans for years. They are also board members of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
On 7 November 2013, Simmons received the Durning Patriotism Award at the Salute to Veterans event sponsored by the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance in Hollywood. This award honored him for his continued support for our military service members and veterans. It was reported that he,
CRIED DURING HIS SPEECH’ WHEN HE ‘TALKED ABOUT HOW HIS MOTHER WAS LIBERATED FROM A CONCENTRATION CAMP BY AMERICAN TROOPS.THEN HE RECOUNTED THE DAY THEY WERE GRANTED ENTRY IN THE UNITED STATES.’
Today was a day I will long remember. The Disabled Veterans Alliance held an event, I was proud to attend. pic.twitter.com/y0tCFN7Scx
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 8, 2013
Over the years, Simmons and Kiss have performed at dozens of military installations both overseas and here at home. And on July 4, 2016, Kiss started their Freedom to Rock Tour which eventually resulted in over 40 concerts by the end of November. During that year, they hired a member of the local National Guard or Reserve to act as roadie for the day in the 32 cities they visited. Roadies
WORK BACKSTAGE WITH THE CREW AND PREPARE FOR THE EVENING’S CONCERT. IN ADDITION, KISS PARTNERED WITH VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION WHICH OFFERS DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO VETERANS. On TOP IT ALL OFF, THE BAND ALSO GAVE $125,000 TO THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT.
And while playing in Worcester, Massachusetts on Sept. 3, 2016, singer Paul Stanley said:
“YOU SHOULD REMEMBER, PATRIOTISM IS ALWAYS COOL. LOVING YOUR COUNTRY IS ALWAYS COOL. STANDING UP, RESPECTING AND HONORING OUR MILITARY IS ALWAYS COOL. SO, TO SHOW SOME RESPECT BETWEEN PICK-THROWING, WE’RE GOING TO PUT OUR RIGHT HANDS OVER OUR HEARTS AND WHY DON’T WE SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.”
No one can dispute the support by Gene Simmons and Kiss to our active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Both are truly American Patriots! And we salute you.
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