April 24, 2014
11:19 pm

Lest We Forget

The Big Band sound that pumped up the excitement of The Greatest Generation will echo through the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage in recognition of Veteran's Day on Sunday, November 10th.

The Lest We Forget organizers promise that "It will be active...it will be loud...and it will be patriotic," as the Southshore Concert "Big" Band joins in to salute veterans of all U.S. conflicts in their annual Veterans Day Patriotic Concert beginning at 2pm that day.

This will mark the 8th Veterans Concert performed by the Southshore Concert Band, but this event will be different in that the tradition of the full 75-piece band playing together will be replaced by a 20-piece "Big" Band under the direction of Dale Reuss.  The concert will feature treasured patriotic songs and salutes to the various branches of U.S. Military service in addition to the traditional sounds of the 40's era big bands.  Songs like In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Star Dust, String of Pearls, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and April in Paris will be featured.

Lest We Forget has been staging incredible programs, re-enactments, and patriotic tributes in Michigan's Great Southwest for years.  They have hosted tributes to WWII, Korea and Vietnam through dramatic re-enactments, and created three books telling the stories of more than 200 local veterans over the years.  The next WWII and Vietnam re-enactment will take place next summer spanning the days of June 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.  They are also planning a WWII "Band of Brothers" tour in July of 2014.  

At this year's concert veterans of all conflicts will be recognized, along with the Tribute to the Missing Comrade and a salute to each of the branches of the armed services.  The featured speaker this year will be Army LTC (Ret) Don Phillips from Kalamazoo.  He is the former head of the Western Michigan University ROTC program and recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  

Tickets to the event are available at Martin's Supermarkets in St. Joseph and Stevensville, the Mendel Center Box Office or www.lmcmainstage.org.  Additonally, all members of Lest We Forget have tickets available.  Advance tickets are $10, and that price rises to $12 at the door.  Children under 17 get in free.  

The image associated with this story here on Moody on the Market.com was captured by Pat Moody during a re-enactment of the flag raising on Iwo Jima conducted several years ago at Tiscornia Park in St. Joseph.