The song, "Proud", by Tim Cadiere & The Creole Ride is more than just your typical country music song. As Tim says -
This song was inspired by the kind of pride that comes from a small town. The last verse is dedicated to the brave soldier, Erica Alecksen, of Eatonton, GA. She gave her life for for this country, and everyone from Eatonton to Greensboro showed up with their flags in hand to thank her and her family for all that she gave. "We call that proud".
Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen
KIA: July 8, 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas
Erica Alecksen grew up in Eatonton, Georgia, and graduated from Putnam County High School in 2009. Soon after graduation she joined the US Army. She was a model teenager, she was a model child, she was a model soldier, and she had a moral compass that was dead center. In August 2010, Alecksen was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion and stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas and was with unit ever since. She married Tim Bailey, who is from El Paso. Specialist Alecksen was deployed to Afghanistan. On July 8th, she was riding in an armored vehicle in Wardak province. It was destroyed by the blast of a roadside bomb. Army Specialist Erica P. Alecksen was 21 years old when she was killed.