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February 15 , 2006
Veterans History Project and the West Point Society of D.C. to Host Concert March 11
Kickoff to Five-City Spring Tour
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project and the West Point Society of Washington, D.C., will present a concert by the West Point Cadet Glee Club at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 11 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Call (202) 707-6179, or e-mail vhpRSVP@loc.gov. Tickets will be held at Will Call and available on the evening of the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:45 p.m. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
In cooperation with the Helping Our Heroes Foundation -- supporting service members wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq -- the West Point Society will welcome wounded veterans and their families to the concert. This concert kicks off a West Point Glee Club tour that will run throughout the Southeast during mid-March.
Other concerts on the tour will be held at:
First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Va., 7 p.m., Monday, Mar. 13;
Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Westmont Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Mar.14;
The Fair Barn, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst, N.C., 6 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 15;
Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N. Holden Road, Greensboro, N.C., 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 16; and
Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, Fla., 7 p.m., Saturday, Mar.18.
For more information on the tour, contact Jeanette Beck at (386) 445-2098, and for information about the West Point Society of D.C., contact Maj.Gen. (Ret.) Alan Salisbury at (703) 319-2187.
Veterans from World War I through the current conflict, and the civilians who support them, are coming forward to record their personal stories and contribute personal documents for a growing archives at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The goal is to collect, preserve and share with future generations the stories of all American war veterans. To date, more than 40,000 individuals have submitted stories to the collection. Those interested in becoming involved in the Veterans History Project are encouraged to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a project kit. The kit is also available on the Veterans History Project Web site at www.loc.gov/vets or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.
Established by an Act of Congress at the instigation of President Thomas Jefferson in March 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point has as its mission today to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character, committed to the values of duty, honor, country and selfless service to the nation. The West Point Cadet Glee Club was founded in 1903 and is one of the nation’s best known college choral groups. The club travels extensively and has been honored to perform in many of the most famous concert venues in the country. Its most recent appearances in the Washington area were at the Smithsonian Institution and Lisner Auditorium in 2002 in conjunction with the Academy’s Bicentennial celebration.
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