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National Infantry Museum hosts music video honoring vets

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Folks gathered at the National Infantry Museum for a music video honoring those who have served our country, and singer Tim Maggart has a personal message behind the song.

New song "A Link in the Chain of Freedom" isn't the first military tribute Maggart has sung, but this time he's getting help from lots of people who share his patriotic views.

He says, "I just got this vision of having people that are representing multiple links of family lineage of people who have served, and so that's where the idea came from to invite as many people out as we can."

"A Link" tells the story of a family with successive generations in the armed forces, a tale that sounds a lot like Maggart's own family history. "I was in the Army," he says, "my son was in the Army, my dad was in the Army, my grandfather was in the Army; I have my great-great-grandfather's discharge papers from the Army in 1865, so I can track throughout my lineage people who have served, so that's what actually inspired the song."

Most of the music video for "A Link" was shot at the NIM to tell that saga, and the people who came out to help him film the money shot were able to honor their own family histories with photos of their loved ones.

"I drove from Fort Bragg, N.C. down here and my friend told me about it," says Raquel Hertig, who joins multiple family members in the Army. "I thought it was really cool to get a chance to show off my family, so it means a lot."

Hayden Hamby, whose grandfather received a Bronze Star in the Air Force, says, "People don't realize just how important the military is nowadays. They don't offer the respect that they should, and to have somebody that wants to talk about it and make a song about it and point out how important it is, I think it's awesome."

Maggart says, "It just means so much because I know every photo represents someone they love and someone they want to honor, and it represents sacrifice in their family for this country, so it means the world to me."

Maggart has had other military themed songs including "Freedom Train" and "House of Heroes," which is the theme song for the non-profit of the same name that provides home improvement to veterans.

"A Link" will debut at the museum's IMAX theater on the 4th of July, where you can watch it for free all day long.

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