"Hero of War"–Rise Against Song Captures Iraq War Veteran’s Tragic Experience
We conclude Democracy Now!’s 2012 Memorial Day special with the video for the song, "Hero of War," by Rise Against. The Chicago-based punk band’s Tim McIlrath sang the antiwar song for protesters outside the NATO Summit in Chicago earlier this month. It tells the story of an Iraq war veteran reflecting on his experiences while serving in the military. "I kicked in the door, I yelled my commands. The children, they cried, but I got my man. We took him away, a bag over his face, from his family and his friends," McIlrath sings. The video for the song has been viewed more than 13 million times online. Click here to see the other parts of our 2012 Memorial Day Special: 1, 2, 3, 4.