Performed and Written by Joe Cantafio Copyright 2004
Joe Cantafio's explains why he wrote Brave Warrior...
Brave Warrior, is a song inspired by the life and heroic death of my cousin Ryan Joseph Cantafio, USMC, who paid the ultimate price for American freedom on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2004) in Fallujah, Iraq.
The lyric reflect the visions of the day of his funeral; the whole town of Beaver Dam, WI lined the streets as the funeral procession slowly drove from the funeral home to the cemetery waving flags and trying to smile through their tears. During the funeral ceremony a letter was read, written by Ryan's commanding officer in Iraq. Ryan was referred to as a 'brave warrior' and the letter ended with the words " ...good night sweet warrior, I kiss your head."
The video of "Brave Warrior" below includes photos of fallen heroes with a flag background.
"Brave Warrior is a touching tribute to all the brave loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our great country and cherished freedom . . . and always brings back the memory of how close my youngest son came to being a fallen one too.
So, I understand Joe Cantafio's deep, heart gripping emotions in writing and performing this moving song.
Moreover, Joe Cantafio is a great patriot, who I am proud to call a friend. His tireless, caring support of the troops through performances and more including his newest effort, the National Veterans Museum . . . wonderfully exemplifies love and pride of country."