Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special, "Tribute to the Troops," which will air on USA Network as a part of "WWE Week" Wednesday, Dec. 17 (8-10 p.m. ET), and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC Saturday, Dec. 27 (8-9 p.m. ET).
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to this country with a holiday program that is considered one of television's most patriotic and heartwarming shows.
NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting the troops with special messages from some of its networks' biggest names, such as "Today" anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker; Seth Meyers; the Kardashians; Andy Cohen; Giuliana Rancic; Katherine Heigl; Lester Holt; Padma Lakshmi; Mark Feuerstein; Debra Messing; Tom Brokaw; Rachel Maddow; and "The Voice" host Carson Daly and coaches Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
"For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country," said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. "Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom, and we are proud to continue our 'Tribute to the Troops' tradition."
WWE "Tribute to the Troops" will chronicle WWE's visit to U.S. Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits, career workshops and "Be a STAR" anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees and civilian employees. It has been the home of the infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE's annual goodwill visit to troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth, and WWE Divas Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will travel abroad to spread holiday cheer to the men and women serving far from home during the holiday season.
WWE's dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, free tickets for active servicemen and women, and workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.