A GMC Salute to Veterans
Submitted by: C/CPT Mary Beth Martinez
GMC hosted a salute to veterans on Thursday, November 4, 2004 with two chorus performances in the legislative chamber of the Old Capitol Building. The first performance was at 2:30 p.m., with over fifty veterans present, and fifteen veterans attended the second performance at 7:30 p.m. More than forty high school students sang “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy at the program, and it was a big hit with the veterans. Will Brown, Blake Minor, and Emily Hollomon performed their “Opus for Pots and Pans,” which is an original and innovative percussion composition in which pots, pans, and other household kitchen appliances are used for instruments. Shannon Harper and Clay Jennings performed a duet of “Somebody’s Prayin’” while a heartwarming and patriotic slideshow, dedicated to veterans, played on a screen in the background. Captain Larry Marin, a middle school military instructor, was recognized and honored because of his deployment to Iraq. During the 2:30 show, many veterans were personally recognized including the oldest present, the youngest present, the one who served our country the longest amount of time, and the one who traveled the farthest to attend the performance (she had traveled from Minnesota). This GMC Salute to Veterans was a very emotional event, and all the veterans who attended were honored in the way in which they deserve to be honored for their dedication of service to our wonderful United States of America.
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