Jay DeMarcus loves Memorial Day grilling as much as the next guy, but the Rascal Flatts singer hopes America remembers the true reason for the holiday.

“I think that all too often we go about our lives her in America, taking things for granted that have been paid for in blood by so many people that have come before us,” he says. “And I hope that we never get to the point to where we’re so complacent that we forget those people that are over there for us that are putting their lives on the line for us day in and day out.”

Jay adds he’s a “huge history buff” and has the “utmost respect for the military and the price that they have paid for us and continue to pay for us to enjoy the freedoms that we do today.”

Pick up the Flatts new album Rewind, available now.