A family-friendly Veterans Day Tribute for the Elmhurst community, which will include music, video tributes to veterans, and a donation project to support our troops, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7, on the Elmhurst University campus.
The Elmhurst University Wind Ensemble, American Legion T.H.B. Post 187, and the Martha Ibbetson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will join together to offer this special, hourlong event.
The Wind Ensemble will provide patriotic music and video presentations, and Elmhurst Mayor Scott Levin, two members of the Elmhurst University Veterans Association, and others will speak. Adding to the color and pageantry of the event will be the American Legion Color Guard, accompanied by the color guards and members of Elmhurst Boy Scout Troops 78, 82 and 117.
The Wind Ensemble will perform patriotic music favorites, including John Philip Sousa’s Comrades of the Legion, a march Sousa dedicated to the American Legion. A medley of popular music from World War II through the Gulf War also will be performed, as well as movie music, concluding with John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen, accompanied by a moving video tribute.
The Daughters of the American Revolution invites attendees to “Honor A Veteran” by providing a name and, if you so choose, a photo that will be displayed at the concert. To include a veteran’s name, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The DAR Project Patriot Committee also asks patrons to contribute items to Operation: Bean of Life. Operated by an Army chaplain on a base in the Middle East, the project supports a coffee house that offers transient soldiers from all branches of active military duty a place of resiliency and comfort away from military life, free of charge. Donation items include socks, hygiene supplies, snacks and hot drink mixes.
The Veterans Day tribute will be held at noon on Sunday, Nov. 7, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and future performances, please visit elmhurst.edu/music.