The Texas native called Brooks "a patriot and who continues to touch us through his music"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated April 19, 2015 11:00 PM
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The widow of an American Sniper had the chance to introduce an American country star at the ACM Awards Sunday night.

Taya Kyle, who was married to the late Chris Kyle, appeared poised as she stood next to Nancy O’Dell and helped to introduce Garth Brooks, who has long supported military personnel and their families.

Before introducing Brooks, she offered her thanks to those who have dedicated their lives in service for their country.

“I’m extremely grateful to all the first responders, veterans and their families for all their sacrifices,” she said. “I hope their example will continue to inspire a culture of service in hometowns across this country.”

The message segued perfectly into the song Brooks chose to perform – “All-American Kid” – which honors those who protect America’s freedom.

“To sing it, a man who is a patriot and who continues to touch us through his music – the legendary Garth Brooks,” said the Texan, 40, at the Dallas-based event.

Brooks, who received a milestone award alongside Taylor Swift and others at the show, continued to pay homage to servicemen and women when the camera panned to them walking through the audience, which exploded in wild applause.