(VIDEO) Two army soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan released a Memorial Day tribute music video that is touching hearts across the nation.
Titled “I’m Gonna Miss You,” the song honors the men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States of America, as well as those currently serving in the nation’s military.
On the YouTube video description they wrote, “Memorial Day is about remembering the ones we lost and supporting their loved ones. It’s about celebrating the lives they lived. Thanking them for allowing us the opportunity to come home safe, and most of all, thanking them for a second chance to hug our loved ones.”
They pledged to donate $500 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation if they reach 100,000 views on the YouTube music video between Friday’s release and midnight of Memorial Day, but that goal has already been surpassed.
The song was recorded by First Lt. Andrew Yacavone, from Hollister, CA and First Lt. Justin Wright, of Tallahassee, FL, who met on their first day of training in 2014.
“We wanted this song to make an impact for the right reason,” Wright told the Tallahassee Democrat in an email interview. “We thought this was a great way to honor those who have given everything.”
Yacovone began writing the song before he met Wright. But after three soldiers from their battalion died, the two had a reason to complete the song. “From then on the song took new meaning for us and we knew we had a debt to pay and a mission for this song,” Wright said.
Wright is currently in Bagram Airfield near Kabul, while Yacovone is in Kandahar.
Vocals for “I’m Gonna Miss You” were recorded before Yacovone and Wright’s second deployment. Though separated by more than 300 miles of hostile territory, the two musicians managed to record and edit the video for release before the holiday weekend.
“Our freedom came at a price. A price we are still paying today,” said Wright. “We all are in debt to those families whose soldiers were taken in wars so that we can have a BBQ on the weekend, go to the beach, vacation, travel without being in danger.”
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