By Douglas E. Hall
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will play a free Salute to Veterans concert on Saturday, May 2. The two-hour concert, co-sponsored by the Borough of Edgewater and the Edgewater Arts Council, begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road in Veteran’s Field.
The concert of patriotic music will salute area veterans, wounded warriors and military. Free tickets will be available at various locations including Borough Hall, Edgewater Library, Holy Rosary R.C.Church, the American Legion Post and at the Edgewater Community Center.
“This is a unique opportunity for Edgewater to host this world famous band saluting America’s heroes, the U.S. military, and we’re happy to honor these veterans with a patriotic evening of music,” said Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland. We encourage all families, especially young people, to attend this concert.
Edgewater will provide free shuttle bus service along River Road prior to and after the concert and parking is available with free shuttle service at the Edgewater Commons along River Road in front of the former Elaine’s Salon. Parking is limited at the Community Center because of construction at Veteran’s Field.
The military band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., its current home.
For more than half a century, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. The band has appeared on national television, in the Desert Storm National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the President of France. Using today’s technology, the band reaches a world-wide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 50,000 miles to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a 15-state region from Maine to South Carolina.
The USAF Heritage of America Band’s exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for a Military Concert Band, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America’s musical heritage in the 21st century.
Co-sponsor, the Edgewater Arts Council, works in partnership with the Borough of Edgewater to bring music, arts and cultural events to the community including its annual Edgewater Arts & Music Festival scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.