Red, White & Blue event honors vets in Evans

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 8:26 PM
Last updated Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 4:39 PM
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The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band wowed hundreds who gathered on blankets and chairs for the Red White & Blue Veterans Day Celebration on the lawn at Evans Towne Center Park on Saturday evening.

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Hundreds of people turned out for the event, which has been held annually by Columbia County, though it has been held on other holidays.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Hundreds of people turned out for the event, which has been held annually by Columbia County, though it has been held on other holidays.

The event, put on annually since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is sponsored by Columbia County. It has been moved to different holidays in the past few years, including Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The 6 p.m. show by the Signal Corps Band included Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Robbie Williams’ Angels and Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. During the last song, fireworks could be seen over Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

The night brought out families from all over, including Debbie Winters, a retired soldier, and her husband, Mark, of Grovetown. Winters was seated in a chair where she could easily see her two children, Maggie, 5, and Mark Jr., 3, as they played in front of the stage along with dozens of other children.

“It’s nice that Columbia County does this for us,” she said. “Every time people come out to show support for the sacrifices people have made, (it) makes the sacrifices worth it.”

Since returning from Afghanistan a few years ago, Winters said, she and her husband have tried to attend every veterans event they can.

Denise Dewey, the chaplain of American Legion Post 192, which sold food and drinks in the park, said it was important to pay tribute to veterans and that the Veterans Day concert was a good way to do that.

“Everything (veterans) have to celebrate as people can be seen here,” she said. “We have families. We have children we want to see grow up and be proud of participating in these events.”

Ed Beckman, the commander of Post 192, said he was happy to see the hundreds of people gathered to watch the band perform.

“It’s good to see (the event) has gone back to its original meaning of honoring vets,” he said.

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soapy_725 11/11/12 - 09:16 am
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While we have the greatest respect
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for all that have served their country in the military, these events have become shows. Entertainment for the masses. Lets celebrate something historical.

People do not know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They do not know if they are there for the living or dead. They do not know how to show respect for the flag. The do not know the difference between the National Anthem and God Bless America. hands over hearts or not, hats off or not. Both are played at entertainment venues.

But hey, Americans know how to entertain and detract people from reality.

The War to End All Wars ended with the "set up" for the next.

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soapy_725 11/11/12 - 09:20 am
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America has forgot GOD
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and the precepts that brought moral strength and respect in the world. We now play games. That light of freedom no longer shines. Lost in the swamp of self absorption.

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soapy_725 11/11/12 - 09:23 am
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God Bless all those who
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know what it means to place your life on the front line for others. To travel far from home not knowing if you will return. Trying to hold on the the faces of loved ones. Trying to find consolation in God in the midst of a man made hell.

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