The Augusta Choral Society will present residents with an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of veterans with a memorial concert Saturday, May 26.
Remember the Fallen will be performed at Sacred Heart Cultural Center to honor the patriotism and sacrifice of our soldiers.
“(It will be) the kinds of themes that you would expect from a Memorial Day concert,” said executive director Carolyn Dolen.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jan Hicks, a former commander at Fort Gordon, will do some readings and reflections between pieces of music. Visual images of veterans, cemeteries, scenes of war and military families will also be presented on two large screens during performances.
“We consider Memorial Day a time to reflect on loss of life,” Dolen said.
But it isn’t always just about the ultimate sacrifice. The soldiers who do come home have sacrificed time away from their families, often missing birthdays, milestones in their children’s lives and other important family events. Their sacrifice is honored, too.
Retired military personnel will serve as the color guard. One piece of music the chorus will perform includes the hymns for each branch of the armed services.
“As we sing the Army hymn or the Navy hymn, we will ask the people who served (in that branch) to stand up and be recognized,” Dolen said. “That’s something that seems to mean a lot to people.”
This is the fourth year the choral society has presented the memorial concert. It will end the group’s concert year.
“It’s a very proud time, but this concert is also a very reflective time,” Dolen said.
Admission to the concert is $25 adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For more details, visit www.augustachoralsociety.org.