The novel coronavirus pandemic is affecting people across the globe, and the citizens of Italy are among the hardest hit.
Members of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band have been stationed in Italy throughout the outbreak. So in honor of the World Health Organization’s “World Health Day” on April 7, they decided to do something special for country they’ve come to know and love.
The military band is a multinational organization that performs throughout Europe and Africa. They’re based in Naples, Italy, but they wanted to pay tribute to every brave medical worker in the world who is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
In a video posted on the band’s Instagram page, we see that some of their members got together to virtually record the beloved Neapolitan classic “O Sole Mio.”
“As the world fights the coronavirus together, we want to pay tribute to our Italian host nation with this performance,” they wrote. “We dedicate our performance to our Italian allies and partners. … Thank you all for what you are doing every day.”
Those familiar with the song will instantly recognize it as the epitome of Italian music, but it’s the uplifting lyrics that make it the perfect choice for this difficult time. Loosely translated, the name of the song means, “My sunshine.”
The first verse goes, “What a beautiful thing is a sunny day / The air is serene after a storm / The air is so fresh that it already feels like a celebration / What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!”
The heart these talented musicians put into their performance for the people of Italy and health care workers everywhere is palpable! This is exactly what we needed to hear today!
Listen to these heroes sing “O Sole Mio” in the video below, and don’t forget to share the joy with your friends. For more stories of hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.
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