NASHVILLE, TENN. – Nashville recording artist Pete Martinez has been invited to perform at the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Normandy Invasion on June 6, 2014, in Normandy, France.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Nashville recording artist Pete Martinez has been invited to perform at the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Normandy Invasion on June 6, 2014, in Normandy, France. Martinez, who will be in Normandy from June 4-7, has been invited to perform his new song “We Thank You” at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in front of several dignitaries, including President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prime Minister David Cameron from the United Kingdom and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
Martinez, a native of Casper, Wyo., wrote “We Thank You” for The Greatest Generation Foundation (TGGF) and will donate a portion of the proceeds of the song to the nonprofit organization. Veterans from TGGF are expected to be in attendance in France.
“I’m truly honored to be invited to perform in Normandy in June,” Martinez said. “This performance will be a great way for me to show my utmost respect for those who fought for the freedom we enjoy in the United States.”
The D-Day 70 Memorial Wind Band is also scheduled to perform at the event under the leadership of Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor emeritus of the United States Air Force Band and member of the United States Army’s 29th infantry division that battled in Normandy 70 years ago.
Martinez, who performed at President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2005, has appeared musically in the United States, South America and Europe.
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"When I heard Pete’s song "We Thank You," I was just captured by the simple message it contained. It made me realize how long we had neglected to tell our troops and their families a simple thanks for what they have done for our country. Every verse gave me a new surge of emotion and gratitude to our service men and women. Repeating the 'thank you' at the end of each verse is such a nice way of making up for the many times we forgot to say it in the past. We should all learn the words to this song, and while we may not sing it as well as Pete does, we should sing it at least once every day."
- Hadley Barrett, Pro Rodeo Announcer
"Hi Pete, on this very snowy afternoon in Littleton, I slipped your Gospel CD into the player. With the activities of Christmas, etc., I just had not remembered to listen to it. Kit and I sat down and listened. Wow, it was so much more than we expected. You made excellent choices with the songs, the sound was so clear that we felt you were in the room with us and your voice is perfect with Gospel music. If you do another album please let me know. I grew up with Gospel music and, oh, what memories it brings back!"
- Ardy Craig