Country music star Lee Greenwood announced that he will no longer perform at the National Rifle Association’s Convention in Houston.
The famed “God Bless the USA” artist cited the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas in a statement to Variety.
In a statement, Greenwood said:
“As a father, I join the rest of America in being absolutely heartbroken by the horrific event that transpired this week in Texas. I was scheduled to perform at NRA’s private event on Saturday with my band. After thoughtful consideration, we have decided to cancel the appearance out of respect for those mourning the loss of those innocent children and teachers in Uvalde.
“During this Memorial Day Weekend, we should also remember the servicemen and women, and first responders who’ve given their lives to protect our great country. Please join me to pay our respects as we unite together as would be the most appropriate measure at this time.
Greenwood and other artists had been scheduled to perform in the NRA’s Grand Ole Night of Freedom celebration. Don Mclean also announced he will not perform.