“Just A Common Soldier,” also known as “A Soldier Died Today” is among one of the most recognizable military poems on the internet. Tony Lo Bianco produced and narrated a video to pay tribute to all of the veterans in the United States Military.
Tony Lo Bianco received an Emmy award on June 25 for his amazingly inspiring video called “Just A Common Soldier,” on the 25th anniversary of the poem.
The original poem was written and published by Canadian veteran A. Lawrence Vaincourt. The poem appears in numerous anthologies and in 2008, the poem was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York, which is home to the United States Military Academy.
Lo Bianco is an actor, director, writer and producer. He starred in the Academy-Award winning film, The French Connection, and was nominated for a Tony award and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge. He also won an Emmy award for his portrayal of Fiorello LaGuardia in Hizzoner!. Lo Bianco has also starred in The Juror, Blood Brothers, City Heat, Nixon, The Seven Ups, Honeymoon Killers and Kill the Irishman.
Lo Bianco is heavily involved with charity organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project, the United Service Organizations and Homes For Heroes.
The video so far has reached nearly 20 million views and Lo Bianco hopes that it will reach 21 million views, which would be equal to the number of veterans in the U.S.