From the Dropkick Murphys
We have had an amazing response to the song “Last Letter Home” from the new album “The Warrior’s Code”. For those of you who don’t know the story behind this track we had already written a song that was based on general correspondences to & from the soldiers serving in Iraq, when we were contacted by the family of Sgt. Andrew Farrar who had recently died while serving there.
The family wanted to tell us he was a big supporter of the Dropkick Murphys. They also passed on a letter that he had written to his mother shortly before his death in which he thanks her for sending him a Dropkick Murphys CD & said that if anything should happen to him while in Iraq, he would like one of our songs played at his funeral.
He also left behind a wife, Melissa and two young boys Tyler & Liam. His tour of duty in Iraq was coming to an end & he was due to come home & renew his wedding vows with Melissa to another song of ours, “Forever”. Sgt. Farrar died on January 28th, on his 31st birthday.
We were present at his funeral to grant his wish and played “Fields of Athenry” as his casket entered the church. The song “Last Letter Home” was re-written to include excerpts from that letter.
A fund has been set up to benefit Andrew’s family and children, if you would like to make a donation please send checks to;
Sgt. Andrew Farrar Memorial Fund
Southshore Savings Bank
1530 Main Street
Weymouth MA 01290-1332