Here are the reasons why I decided to produce this video in honor of Jeff: To help raise funds for a memorial stadium at the local high school—to raise money for scholarships and Constitutional studies and annual trips to Salem and Washington—to offer thanks to Jeff and his family.
 

Jeff Lucas was a neighbor. He attended the same high school my son did. He was, and is still loved and admired by all in our small-town community. He died in Afghanistan doing his duty to country as a Navy Seal. The way his mother’s eyes still well up at the mere mention of his name tells it all.

Thank you for any small contribution you can make to the
Jeff Lucas Memorial Stadium Fund.

Go to www.jefflucasmemorial.com to make donations

 

19 Comments
  1. God bless you for that. I’m sitting next to one of the brave, my dad, a VietNam vet, and not crying is impossible. May Jeff’s soul rest in peace.

  2. This video has so much heart and spills over a wave of gratitude so needed to have and to express in all of our hearts towards Jeff and all of his brothers and sisters who serve in the military for our freedom and safety. After having experienced the changing of the guard at Washington DC for the very first time, I realized that during that silence…there was so much prayer and respect so thick in the air it left you as if you just attended confession and released all the weight upon your conscience. Thank you Gino for your example in such a beautiful and honoring way. God bless you.

    George Dosal

  3. Thank you Gino. Jeff was a great class mate, friend, and person. I’ll never forget the best years of m life attending school with him. I still can’t believe he is gone. However, I know i will see him again. Thank you, this was a beautiful video. Deb Harmon (class of 89)

  4. All I can say, is Thank You, Gino! Absolutely beautiful!

  5. Thanks Gino for bringing your beautiful tribute to life and honoring Jeff Lucas’ life, spirit, memory and service with this memorial. It mustn’t have been easy. Ken and I played this song over and over again, until Dan deployed to Afghanistan. Now it’s just too hard, though it is still one of the most beautiful songs we’ve heard. It makes me ache for all those left behind and for the brave young men and women and what might have been. Congratulations on the Stadium Fund success!

  6. I always loved this song and found the lyrics very moving. Now even more so combined with such a powerfully emotional story! Please keep on writing beautiful music Gino!
    btw…It was great to shake your hand after the N. Falls show tonight!

  7. Please post this beautiful video on your Facebook page or YouTube.com so your message can reach more people! That song always gave me goose bumps and now it’s even more powerful with your beautiful video memorial to one of our fighting men

  8. Beautifully done tribute to a hero.

  9. I never served in the military but I cried like a baby when I watched this video, and I’m 59 years old. Gino you are one of the the greatest talents in the musical world. A man filled with compassion and vision. Thank you for this wonderful tribute.

  10. Made me cry. So beautiful wish more people could hear this tribute. Wish all the serice men and women could hear it. Not only hear but to see the video. Well done Gino!!

  11. Thank you Mr. Vannelli for doing this. As a veteran of the war and still serving my country, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful tribute.

  12. Another superb song from Mr. Vannelli .He could sing the menu at Mc Donalds and it would sound good. Most of all Thank You Jeff Lucas, you gave your all. God Bless.

  13. Sorry my english, tank you Gino for the song that you dedicated at your friend dead in Afganistan.One week ago two italians soldiers died in the same place, with your permission i dedicade at that two boys died for service the native land. But i think that every soldier dead in Afganistan is a Hero. Dedicated at all Heroes dead in this place. Tank you Gino for all, your music, your voice your atmosfere. We vaiting in concert in Italy very soon. tank you

  14. The art of composing and arranging with equal taste is a rare one. If we add the sensibility to sing with poignancy and warmth at the same time; then we are in the presence of a truly gifted musician/singer. Through the years, Gino, have given us your soul on each song you have written. This is no exception. My sincere thanks to you for bringing to the forefront the heroic life of Jeff Lucas for all to see and understand. And my sincere and felt thanks to all those nameless individuals who have paid the ultimate price so that we may continue to live our lives.

  15. Yesterday, I happened across Living Inside Myself from the early 1980s. Memories flooded over me, of that time of my military service and the subsequent deaths of some of my friends in the Beirut bombing of 1983. I appreciate your tribute here, and the memories of some others that I associate with your music, and I wish the world were free.

  16. This video has so much heart and spills over a wave of gratitude so needed to have and to express in all of our hearts towards Jeff and all of his brothers and sisters who serve in the military for our freedom and safety. After having experienced the changing of the guard at Washington DC for the very first time, I realized that during that silence…there was so much prayer and respect so thick in the air it left you as if you just attended confession and released all the weight upon your conscience. Thank you Gino for your example in such a beautiful and honoring way. God bless you.
    +1

  17. So wonderful. Sad reason for a wonderful song. Blessings to you and your family. Please continue to make your wonderful music. I hope we can find more inspirational reasons that are less violent to make wonderful, inspirational music come from you.

    Sincerely

  18. Well done Gino.
    Thank you Jeff, for your selflessness.

    Humbly
    Loredana Grassi

  19. Gino,

    I have been a fan since you released your first record. As a veteran I want to thank you for this tribute to a fallen American hero. Well done, my friend, Well done indeed.

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