Donna Teresa: Mark Farner, "The Rock Patriot"
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#1 Oct 20, 2008
I just read with interest your story about Mark Farner in the paper.
As a Mark Farner fan since age 16 in 1969, I can tell you he's a helluva guy. Yet, he and his beautiful wife Lesia still put their pants on one leg at a time. They are wonderful friends and are sincerely grateful to live in America as Americans.
I play in a band in Wilmington, Delaware known as "The Vel Crows"
My inspirations to play guitar and sing include Mark and all his career facets. One of the songs we play at each show is dedicated to Veterans of the US Military, "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home". In September my band was selected to play at the Elsmere, Delaware Veterans Hospital at a "welcome home the troops" event for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
I took a chance and dropped an email to Lesia Farner asking Mark to preface our performance with a personal greeting. I was not surprised a bit when he graciously took the time to do so. Mark asked for no thanks or accolades but sincerely thanked the troops for their faithful patriotic service.
I posted the story and a copy of Mark's message on my website. I hope you'll read it.
The Vel Crows
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