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Before we formed Friends of the Soldiers Home, we were aware of newspaper clippings from 100 years ago about veterans and citizens gathering together for weekend concerts at the Home. Later this month, the past is new again.

The Murrieta Valley, California High School Band and Color Guard, with about 80 members, will perform patriotic music at the Armed Forces Retirement Home on the Saturday of Memorial Weekend, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The free outdoor concert is open to the public. It will occur on the plaza in front of the Scott Building on the campus inside the main gate at Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road N.W. in Washington D.C.

The band will celebrate the heroes of World War II, D-Day and the Greatest Generation with songs such as John Philip Sousa’s Power and Glory, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, and America The Beautiful.

We are thrilled that the band could work in a a stop for the veterans and the community, as also during the weekend it will march in the Memorial Day parade downtown and perform at the Air Force Memorial.  We thank Music Celebrations International and the Armed Forces Retirement Home for working with us to make this happen.

And that’s not all! Later in the weekend, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, Lincoln’s Cottage plans a 10 a.m. wreath laying followed by cemetery tours. Information on that event is here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e97ji1ky144a9650&llr=6nwbdqcab

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