THAT picture is Jason's truck. Yesterday was SSG Jason Arnette's heavenly birthday, and as I was talking with Jason's mom, she told me about Jason's truck, and shared a picture.
This week the song "I Drive Your Truck" won an award at the Country Music Awards. That song was inspired by an interview Paul Monti did about his son SFC Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Jared earned the Medal of Honor for his selfless bravery..
From Lee Brice's site:
Lee Brice celebrated his #1 song, I Drive Your Truck, with a party in Nashville yesterday afternoon with some very special guests. The song was written by Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander and Jimmy Yeary, inspired by a story that Connie read about a family who lost their son Jared, who was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. When they asked the dad how he coped with the loss of his son he said he drove his truck. The writers had never met the family and weren’t sure if they’d ever be able to track them down, but just recently they did. They called Jared’s father, Paul Monti, and recorded the conversation, which Lee heard later. When they called they introduced themselves and told Paul about the song they had written. He was very familiar with the song and told them, “We feel like this song is just right out of our story.” That’s when they revealed to him, “Well, it is you. It’s your son.” Lee says it was such a powerful moment, just to hear the father realize that the song was his story. The family had connected with the song on such a personal level but they had no idea it was written about them.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Once they were in contact with the family, Lee said they thought it would be so special to fly them to Nashville for the #1 party. “We got ‘em plane tickets and a hotel and we flew in the parents of Jared, he was the guy that got killed in the song. He was the guy that they were getting in his truck and driving around, the actual guy and so we’re gonna give them some plaques and let them see how big their story really became.”
At the ceremony at the White House honouring SFC Monti, POTUS said in part - and reported here by the US Army: “Duty. Honor. Country. Service. Sacrifice. Heroism. These are words of weight. But as people — as a people and as a culture, we often invoke them lightly. We toss them around freely. But do we really grasp the meaning of these values? Do we truly understand the nature of these virtues? To serve, and to sacrifice. Jared Monti knew. The Monti family knows. And they know that the actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment....
Go there and read the rest (and look at the many pictures) about a man who embodied "Duty. Honor. Country. Service. Sacrifice. Heroism."
Added: An interview with Paul Monti on the background of this song.