The weather was perfect and the Murrieta Valley, Calif., High School Band and Color Guard was outstanding at a free outdoor concert for veterans and the community at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in D.C. on Saturday, May 24. Band Director Neil Anderson provided interesting commentary for “America the Beautiful,” songs by Irving Berlin and other patriotic tunes performed by the 76-piece band. This was the group’s first stop on a three-day D.C. tour that included performances at the Air Force Memorial and in the downtown Memorial Day parade. Friends of the Soldiers Home was proud to help organize this event and show the depth of appreciation we feel toward our veteran friends on a special weekend.
Photos by Isabelle Hughes