Up & Coming Weekly

October 31, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM November 1 - 7, 2023 UCW 9 In a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces, the First Presbyterian Church is set to host the Salute to our Veterans — A Variety Show Concert on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. e event is sponsored by Fay- etteville's American Guild of Organ- ists, AGO, — Sandhills Chapter. is event is free and open to the public. As the show approaches, the First Presbyterian Church and the AGO extend a warm invitation to the entire community. ey hope this event is an opportunity to come together and pay tribute to the heroes in the com- munity. e evening will be a power- ful reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans and a celebration of their unwavering dedication to the nation. is unique variety show concert is dedicated to honoring both active and retired military personnel and prom- ises an evening filled with patriotic melodies, performances and tributes. e Director of Music for First Pres- byterian, Marcia Mervin, shared her enthusiasm and vision for the event, emphasizing the significance of pay- ing homage to our nation's veterans. "e heart and soul of the concert lie in the performances by local musi- cians, who will enchant the audience with renditions of patriotic classics such as 'TAPS,' 'America the Beautiful' and 'e Folded Flag.' ese melodies, often associated with moments of reflection and reverence, will serve as a poignant backdrop to the evening," Mervin said. In addition to these musical renditions, the event boasts a Men's Quartet and an array of talent ready to take the stage. A key highlight of the evening will be the recognition of military personnel in attendance, who are strongly encouraged to wear their uniforms with pride. As a symbol of unity and solidarity, the song "Armed Forces the Pride of America" will be played with a unique twist. When the musical rendition and lyrics of their respective branch of service are heard, each member will rise in a display of their dedication to protecting our nation. e concert's program continues beyond music alone. Mervin has ensured a diverse range of talent will be on display. "Attendees can look forward to skits, poetry readings, handbell perfor- mances and stirring musical solos. e evening will, at times, resemble a community sing-along, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie as voices join together in honor of our veterans," she said. e program will include the pre- sentation of the colors and the folding of the American flag. ese solemn rituals hold a special place in the hearts of veterans and their families, serving as a reminder of the sacrifices made for the freedom and safety of the nation. e talent on display, coupled with the musical renditions, will make this event a memorable experience. Veter- ans and their families, active military personnel and the entire Fayetteville community are encouraged to attend and participate in this celebration of our nation's heroes. e Salute to Our Veterans — A Variety Show Concert is intended to serve as a testament to the endur- ing spirit of unity and gratitude. Organizers feel it is an opportunity for Fayetteville to come together as a community and thank those who have protected and defended our nation, past and present. First Presbyterian Church, located at 102 Ann St., was founded in 1800, and is a historic landmark in down- town Fayetteville. Over the years, it has maintained a dedicated and grow- ing congregation that actively engages in missions and supports the local military community. To learn more about the First Presbyterian Church and its mission, please visit their website at http:// www.firstprez.com. Salute to our Veterans show honors our nation's heroes by JAMIE BISHOP FREE HEALTH CARE • for Eligible uninsured Adults call 910.485.0555 EVENT

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