A Nashville recording artist and combat veteran is ensuring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, aren’t forgotten.
Ryan Weaver is honoring those who were lost as a result of the terror attacks nearly 20 years ago with an inspirational single, “Never Forgotten” and a music video.
“The tribute music video for ‘Never Forgotten’ honors our fallen heroes the way they all should be honored by showing the human aspect of sacrificing as a hero,” said Weaver. “I will never let their sacrifices be forgotten as long as I have a voice.”
The son of a Marine, Weaver is a Chief Warrant Officer 3 who served 21 years in the Army. A Black Hawk aviator, he lost a brother in Iraq in 2004 and a brother-in-law in Afghanistan in 2013.
Weaver said “Never Forgotten” is a tribute to his brother, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver, who is enshrined in the Infantry Hall of Fame, and to his brother-in-law Randy Billings, one of four family Army aviators, and to all those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.
The video features and honors various fallen heroes and family members of Weaver, New York City police and firefighters who died fallen on 9/11, law enforcement officers killed during an attack in Dallas, and a fallen Border Patrol Officer.
It opens with rare testimony from NYPD ESU Officer Rich Miller, who recounts raising the first flag flown over Ground Zero.
With a firefighter pointing out a structure that looked like an antenna from one of the towers impaled upright in the middle of the rubble, Miller initiated one of the most poignant, unseen moments recorded in the early hours just after the attacks on 9/11.
Video of the historic flag-raising follows his heartfelt narration of the moments leading up to the flag unfurling above the destruction below.
Weaver was also the Patriotic Voice of the Professional Bull Riders from 2017 to 2019 as they toured and released the album Celebrate America.
“Never Forgotten” can be found on iTunes, Spotify and wherever you stream music.