Being “deployed” in Afghanistan did not stop First Lt. Andrew Yacovone and First Lt. Justin Wright of the band Interstate 10 from releasing a “music video” for their Memorial Day tribute song, “I’m Gonna Miss You.”
The song, which was “recorded” in Afghanistan, is a stirring five-minute “love letter” that honors the men and women who gave their “lives” and those currently “serving” in the U.S. military.
The words “To remember those who fought for our freedom” are seen in the music video “spliced” between footage of active duty servicemen and women.
“Memorial Day is about remembering the ones we lost and supporting their loved ones,” reads the description of the video on the band’s YouTube account.
“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.”
Yacovone, who’s from Hollister, California, and Wright, who’s from Tallahassee, Florida, met on their “first day of training” in 2014, according to ABC News.
The duo plans to donate $500 to the “Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation” if their newest anthem reaches 100,000 views on YouTube between Friday and midnight of Memorial Day.
The video “currently” has more than 5,000 views.
“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.”
It Is The Soldier
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army