2 Songs for Veterans Day and Happy Birthday to the Marines! (Video)

It’s Veterans Day! I tip my hat to you vets of all ages out there! Also, yesterday was the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps.

I was honored earlier this year to sing my song, “Ballad of an Old Soldier,” for the Indy Honor Flight WW2 vets. It was inspired by veterans in my family and WW2 vets that I used to have on my oxygen route when I was in the home healthcare industry during my early twenties. Several of them would share their memories of the war with me unprompted and I was glad to listen. I even had two men who lived less than a mile from one another who had been in the same battle. One served in the Navy and the other in the Marines. They did not know one another, and due to HIPAA regulations, I could not tell them about one another. Yet, their experiences from WW2 and attitudes toward them were very similar.

I wrote, “Afghanistan,”  for younger veterans about seven years ago. I was a driver for a moving company at the time and delivered an international shipment to a Marine who was fresh back from the war. As he shared some of his experiences with me, I said, “You know, you really don’t see a hell of a lot about Afghanistan on TV anymore. It’s all about Iraq.” He replied, “Nope. Afghanistan just isn’t sexy enough for TV.” That conversation inspired me to write this song.

Both songs are available for download on Cdbaby and iTunes:

Ballad of an Old Soldier:

CDbaby link

iTunes link

Afghanistan:

CDbaby link

iTunes link

Also, to any of my fellow Americans who strive to maintain freedom and liberty, help others in this life, and make things a little better for all of us in general, thanks to you as well! Just being a kind person, a good mom or dad, purposing to keep growing as an individual, setting a good example for others, and encouraging others in this life is admirable. Many fight for the cause of freedom and liberty from within our own borders with songs, pens, one-on-one conversations, street actions, and social media. Regardless of how you go about it, keep up the good work! -Luke

Hello America I’m Here by Luke Austin Daugherty Live at Clowes Auditorium 2014

This is a live solo/acoustic version of, “Hello America I’m Here.” Luke Austin Daugherty was live at the Central Library Clowes Auditorium in Indianapolis, In. 8/3/2014

This song is the story of a Ukrainian man coming to America. The words of the song are what went through his mind when he finally saw the Statue of Liberty break the horizon.

Words/Music/Video: Luke Austin Daugherty -All Rights Reserved

“Hello America I’m Here,” is on Luke’s 2008 and is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweet-freedom/id295155674
and CDbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ladaugherty
and Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Freedom-Luke-Austin-Daugherty/dp/B0026I5IC4

Check out Luke’s website at:
http://www.lukeaustindaugherty.com
and his blog at:
https://lukeaustindaugherty.wordpress.com/