This video shows that no one knows how to honor America’s veterans better than one of their own.
Sailor Jerri, a U.S. Navy veteran and musician from Minnesota, recently uploaded her own rendition of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 hit ‘Hallelujah’. In addition to some lyrical changes doctored to highlight the heroic deeds of America’s fallen heroes, the video also features powerful images of soldiers doing their best to live their lives on and off the battlefield.
Jerri has been singing for quite some time, but took up the guitar as recently as August 2016. However, you wouldn’t be able to tell based on her beautifully performed rendition in the video below. She began taking music more seriously after leaving active service with the U.S. Navy, where she worked as an aviation mechanic for some of the branch’s most combat-effective platforms such as the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Since then, she has spent her free time working on music and performing for her fellow vets at the VA.
“I love singing, and getting words on paper,” she says on her website, SailorJerriMusic.com. “I began performing for Veterans at the VA, and in different groups online where we meet to give each other support. They are 100% behind me. That is an amazing feeling.”
Jerri goes on to add that performing not only serves as a personal creative outlet, but also as a way for her to express her appreciation and love for American families who don’t see their loved ones return from overseas conflicts.
“Mothers are listening and remembering their sons, wives connect better with their combat veterans because of this song, daughters listen to it and remember their dads, and men and women who wear or have worn the uniform listen to it and remember people they have lost,” she adds.
If you know a veteran, Jerri’s performance might be exactly what they need to hear today. Listen for yourself below.
~ 1776 Christian