The second annual Garner Veteran Memorial Salute to the Troops will feature a community choir and a community orchestra.
The celebration of the community’s present and past armed service veterans will be held on Sunday, May 17 at Aversboro Road Baptist Church at 6 p.m.
“Salute to the Troops is another example of how the Garner community feels toward veterans,” said Faye Gardner, who was instrumental in creating the Garner Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park.
“I am thrilled to see this and other events to remind me why the Garner Veterans Memorial is so important. We should never forget,“ she said.
Last year’s Salute to the Troops featured Broadway star Laurie Gayle Stephenson and famed singer Steve Amerson, who is known as America’s tenor.
This year’s event will be home grown.
“I love the idea of a community choir and orchestra,” Gardner said. “Our own people will be leading the celebration.”
A wreath-laying presentation at the Garner Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park will follow the presentation.
Beth Hunnicutt, the music minister at Garner First Baptist Church, and Doug Pedigo, the music minister at Aversboro Road Baptist, will conduct the choir and orchestra.
“It is a privilege to participate in this year’s Salute to the Troops,” Hunnicutt said. “We have been blessed by God as a nation by men and women who have bravely served their country.
“My hope is that the music shared by the choirs and orchestras of Garner can remind us of our freedom as Americans, the debt of gratitude we owe to all of our brave military and ultimate sacrifice made by Christ for our salvation at Calvary.”
Hunnicutt said the celebration is not just for people who served in the past, but those currently on active duty.
“Also I want our servicemen and women who are willing to risk their lives for their fellow Ameericans to know that we are praying for them,” she said.
Singers and musicians can join the choir and orchestra by picking up musical arrangements at the Garner First Baptist office (601 St. Mary’s Street, Garner) or by calling the First Baptist Church office (919-772-1772).
“Our community has a rich history of people giving sacrificially to preserve our freedom,” Gardner said. “On this day, as our nation approaches the Memorial Day celebration, our community wants to add a personal thank you.”
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The Garner Veterans Memorial Salute to the Troops would like to recognize the community’s active armed services personnel. Please email the name and mailing address of any actively serving personnel to firstname.lastname@example.org.