On Christmas in 2002, Carmel residents Doug and Bonnie Gamble had Defense Language Institute students Rick Hall and Cari Gasiewicz, both members of the US Army, over for dinner. Two years later, the Gambles heard that Gasiewicz was killed in Iraq shortly before she was scheduled to head home.
Doug, a writer who once composed material for Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan, was so moved by Gasiewicz’s sacrifice for her country that he penned the lyrics for a song that he titled “Red, White and Brave.”
He then brought the lyrics over to his good friend, local musician Lee Durley, who wrote what he calls “an inspirational patriotic song” to go along with Doug’s words.
“It’s not a pro-war or anti-war song,” Durley says. “It’s just a tribute to the people that are serving.”
“RED, WHITE AND BRAVE” will be unveiled this Veterans Day on radio station Magic 63 AM around 11am on DJ Ed Dickinson’s show.