The US Navy Band has been the official musical branch of the Navy since 1925. The band plays at inaugurations, state funerals, state dinners, and other national events.
In this video, The US Navy Band performs Rachel Platten’s inspirational “Fight Song” live. The song was chosen for its positive, affirmative lyrics that lift the human spirit beyond hardship.
While Musician First Class Chelsi Ervien sings, “Like how a single word / Can make a heart open / I might only have one match / But I can make an explosion,” videos of war veterans play on the screen.
Platten’s chorus, “This is my fight song / Take back my life song / Prove I’m alright song,” takes on new meaning when it becomes the soundtrack to injured soldiers participating in the Special Olympics.
A montage of wounded soldiers with missing limbs playing baseball or competing in swim races while others play wheelchair basketball or run marathons plays throughout the song.
Even the musicians who aren’t actively playing are actively watching the video. We all want to celebrate the enduring human spirit that chooses to do more than survive but to thrive.
Platten’s song ends with the refrain, “I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.” This is the most perfect and beautiful way to remind viewers that these brave men and women may have lost a piece of their body in service of freedom, but they are not down for the count. Not by a longshot.