Veterans Day event planned

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Concordia Main Street Inc. will host a community Veterans Day event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Concordia Community Center.

A chili and soup lunch will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at approximatley 1:30 p.m. The event will include live music performed by Memories Orchestra, managed by Ron Brockman of Moberly and formerly of Concordia; a presentation by Major Tim Sutton, United States Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber pilot; a presentation by the Wentworh Military Academy and College Honor Guard; and three presentations from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5649 in Concordia.

Memories Orchestra is a combination of area residents and members who live throughout mid-Missouri. The band of professional musicans have played together since the late 1980s. They are well-known for their big-band style of music from the 1930s and 1940s.

They have performed at the House of Hope Gala in Lexington for many years and have, in recent years, played at several Honor Flight Balls, which support the efforts of the Honor Flight Network. They have also played for weddings, clubs retirement and nursing homes and even performed for the officers clubs at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.

"The musicians I am bringing to Concordia on Nov. 11 are my friends and all professional musicians even though most of them have jobs other than in music, and I promise those attending the concert will enjoy it to the fullest," Brockman said. "We will perform all types and styles of music for them."

Retired Concordia High School Principal Mike Trautman of Sweet Springs will be the event's master of ceremonies.

Trautman, a Vietnam veteran, teaches history classes at CHS on a part-time basis. He is well-known by CHS students for his classes about the Vietnam War and World War II. Trautman was the 2011 VFW Post 5649 teacher of the year. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.

In three special presentations, members of VFW Post 5649 will read the names of area soldiers killed in war, give a presentation demonstrating how to fold an American flag and what each of the 13 folds represent and remember prisoners of war and those missing in action in special ceremony.

Memories will also have a special segement written specifically to honor veterans and current military personnel.

The city of Concordia will sell Concordia Oaks at the event. Proceeds from the first 1,000 trees sold will go to Concordia Main Street.

This event is open to everyone. Concordia Main Street will accept free-will donations. Funds will be supplemented by Thrivent South Lafayette County, Mo., Chapter #30303.

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