Grandfather's letters inspire song honoring veterans

Marci Gore • Jun 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Beryl Moody sent hundreds of letters to his bride, Nancy, while he was stationed in Europe during World War II. “My darling wife … we will have to live and hope how soon we can be together again … I could tell you more in one minute if we were together than I could write in a month … here I am again trying to tell you that I’m OK and I hope you’re the same …. oh, yes, we found a garden this morning and we are having green beans and potatoes for supper,” he wrote in some of his letters.It was these letters that inspired, Beryl’s grandson, Austin Moody, to write a song. The younger Moody says he dedicated “Heroes (Up Above)” to our nation’s veterans.“I was reading the letters one day, and I was kind of amazed how they talked back then. It was kind of a whole different language and choice of words. All of this touched me in a special way. Writing the song was easy. I wrote it in one night,” Moody said.Moody will perform “Heroes (Up Above)” during the opening ceremonies of the second annual Vietnam Veterans Homecoming on Saturday, June 25 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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