Tribute to a Fallen Hero

By Gino Vannelli

I first became acquainted with the passing of Jeff Lucas a few years past at a memorial service in Gresham, Oregon. The room was filled with soldiers of all ages, young widows, children and proud, tear-eyed mothers. Most of the soldiers had seen action and bore battle wounds. It was one of the most difficult performances I ever had to give (I threw up several times before singing “None So Beautiful as the Brave”). I saw firsthand what folks in the military were truly like: humble, giving and courageous –nothing like what I had imagined, certainly nothing like the general media have or are willing to portray. It is their profound sincerity that got to me most.

I was both saddened and inspired by the footage of Jeff Lucas as a young man, attending high school (the same high school as Anton) obsessed with joining the Navy SEALs and eventually doing so to become one of…

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