Christian music superstar Amy Grant recently made a trip to Washington, D.C., to do some work in support of the American Red Cross. While in town, she also filmed a public service announcement for veterans. The footage of that PSA shoot is now going viral since Amy shared it on her Facebook page.
Amy, wife of country music legend Vince Gill, took her guitar to the Vietnam War Memorial to sing “America the Beautiful,” but she was only able to hum along after a few lines.
Amy writes on Facebook, “I was too choked up to actually sing.”
Seeing all of the names of those who lost their lives in the war really brought out a lot of emotion for Amy during the shoot.
She says, “I witnessed groups of families and friends looking for loved ones’ names on the wall. I think in my increasing age, I don’t mind looking silly or odd when I am following my heart. I don’t even know if I’m following the spirit … or being in the flow … I just know it feels free.”
As a child of the ’60s and ’70s, Amy has grappled with the political and emotional effects of the Vietnam War throughout her life. She wrote and recorded this eloquent song about the war, titled “Wait for the Healing,” on her Grammy-winning 1988 album, “Lead Me On.”