Country music legend George Strait has released a new video for “The Weight of the Badge” in tribute to police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
In the beginning of the clip, officers are seen raising the American flag as one of the police officers speaks about the sacrifices of the job.
“You have people that are going out and doing a job to defend their communities and you know in the back of the mind of everyone one of those officers, one of them may not be going home. I have seen throughout my career, I have seen it here locally, where a police officer didn’t go home. They kissed their loved ones goodbye and that was the last time they saw them. Sometimes I don’t think we realize,” the officer says, choking back tears, “the impact that this job has had on our families, let alone ourselves. That’s a heavy weight, that’s a heavy weight of the badge.”
“It’s gonna be a long one, another graveyard shift / As he says goodbye to his wife and kids / It’s been his life, just like his dad’s / Driving away under the weight of the badge,” Strait sings in the song.
“You know the weight of the badge because it’s really not that heavy until you put it on. And then for those guys, it’s got to be incredibly heavy,” he says at the close of the video.
“The Weight of This Badge,” released in 2019, was written by Strait, Bubba Strait, and Dean Dillon.
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