Navy Vet Turned Musician Calls For America To ‘Stand United’ In 9/11 Tribute Song

by Halle Ames

Veteran Dave Bray calls for America to stand united as today marks the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Bray just leased a new single in a tribute called “One Day of Hell 9/11”.

Dave Bray, a 45-year-old from York, Pennsylvania, comes from a long line of military veterans. Bray and his father both served in the U.S. Navy. In addition, his great uncle was awarded the Purple Heart certificate for his service in World War I.

In Bray’s small town where everybody knew everybody, he can remember looking up to the older boys that enlisted. He saw the respect and gratitude for those who served and signed up himself at 17.

Bray was sent to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, where he served as an 8404 FMF Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

Remembering 9/11

After two or three years out of the military, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the World Trade Center in New York City.

A friend made a phone call that morning to Dave and his wife, Becky, to turn on the television.

“Like everybody else in this country, we sat in prayer and silence and in awe of what was happening. And really trying to say to ourselves, ‘My gosh, what is going to happen next?'” Bray recalls.

“We didn’t understand what was going on. And, it was just this confusion: this essence of, ‘What do we do?'” he said. “And, being that we’re four hours from New York City, you know, do we need to go there? How do we respond to this?'”

On September 11, 2001, 2,996 Americans lost their lives. Thousands of others have also perished from issues related to that dreadful day.

Canceled initially due to the pandemic, the Freedom Tower Museum will hold its annual “Tribute in Light”. Family members will gather at the museum for a program that remembers social distancing,m to remember the lives lost in the attack.

Bray wanted to return to the military, but the call to return never came. Instead, he found escape in music, which led him to become a national recording artist.

“Music has always been an outlet for me to not only sort of exorcise my own demons but to continue my service,” Bray says.

Bray’s passion for music was lit when he would write songs with a guitar-playing friend in high school. In 2019, he released the rock song “Music on a Mission”. He wanted to continue the patriotic preaching messages, so on September 4, he released “One Day of Hell 9/11”.

“The Soul of America”

He says he wanted to remind everyone of the soul of America.

“The idea behind the song and the essence of it is, every single day we have, basically, people screaming that America was never great and, you know, nobody that’s patriotic helped build this country,” he said.

He goes on to add, “people of all races, religions, creeds, ideals, belief systems, identities: they all swarmed around a city that had just been, you know, completely destroyed. And it didn’t matter what your beliefs were.”

“Everybody fell upon that city with grace and with pride and with, you know, filling the needs of all Americans. And you want to look at the most recent history, and the most recent time when America was great, that was it,” he stated.

He wishes, however, that it shouldn’t take an attack like 9/11 to “realize how blessed we are even to be able to help each other through those tragedies. It’s the people of America that make us great.”

Bray says that in the wake of the recent protests and damages caused, it is a disservice to the men and women who lost their lives.

“On this day, the days after, these firefighters, these police, we hailed them. They were our heroes. They charged into those buildings. We lost them,” he said.

He hopes that his song inspires others to give back to this country.

“People need to know that even after you serve, you can continue to serve,” Bray concluded. “We have to remember that deep down each and every one of us who swore an oath and put on a uniform, that there is a little bit of a warrior spirit down there. And we need to remember and hold on to that warrior spirit. Especially in this day and age.”

[H/T Fox News]