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Trip to Normandy led to Memorial Day song honoring heroes

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Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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“I think that this is an apt message for Memorial Day as we honor those who gave everything so that all Americans can live free.”“Remember Us”, written by Randy Hatcher
 
 

“I think that this is an apt message for Memorial Day as we honor those who gave everything so that all Americans can live free.”
“Remember Us”, written by Randy Hatcher

 

 



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What started as a trip to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial last fall, has turned into a song about honoring our nation’s heroes and patriotic legacy for a long-time Augusta resident.

“Remember Us”, was written by Randy Hatcher and released as a song by a group of Nashville musicians led by Rich Eckhardt, the lead guitar player for Toby Keith.

“This song is about America and what we stand for,” Hatcher said. “I think that this is an apt message for Memorial Day as we honor those who gave everything so that all Americans can live free.”

The son of a World War II veteran, Hatcher and his wife, Marilee, decided to visit Normandy last fall after friends recommended the spot for the long-time travelers. Hatcher said this wasn’t a trip to Europe with Normandy as a one-off stop. The entire trip was to experience first-hand what many friends said would leave him shaken.

“I think what surprised me the most was the overall size. It was much bigger than I imagined,” he said. “The overall scope and coordination of the planning and all the details to make it happen. People told me before we went, ‘it will shake you.’ It did.”

Hatcher was put in touch with Eckhardt, who saw the potential and the song and put together a group of musicians to cut the track in Nashville March 8.

Hatcher said the song is not about any fame or glory for him. It's his way of honoring all Americans on Memorial Day next Monday.

“At the end of the day, we need to remember where we came from as a people and where we want to be in the future,” Hatcher said.

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