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Roanoke’s 9th annual patriotic concert honors local marines

Country artist Lee Greenwood performs

By Jim Fester

Fort Wayne Reader


The July 4th weekend kicks off in fine style with the Roanoke Patriotic Concert. A fund raiser for the Roanoke Beautification Foundation, the open-air concert will be held on Friday, July 1st on historic main street in downtown Roanoke, and features country artist Lee Greenwood.

This is the 9th year for the Roanoke Patriotic Concert, but the first time the concert has featured a guest performer. Grammy award-winning country artist Lee Greenwood made his solo debut in 1982, and has notched up a healthy collection of Gold and Platinum records during his two decades in the business. His signature song “God Bless the U.S.A.” (which won the Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year” award) is an audience favorite, especially around the Fourth of July.

Greenwood has also made a name for himself as a USO performer and a tireless spokesman for veterans and the men and women currently serving in the armed services, which makes his appearance at the Roanoke Patriotic Concert all the more appropriate, since the concert will honor some local members of the Marine’s Apache Company. Recently returned from Iraq, the Apache Company was sponsored by several Roanoke area organizations during their stint in the Middle East. “We sent monthly care packages to them all last year, and we want to honor them and their effort,” says Alice Eschelman, a board member with the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

The concert is designed to raise money and awareness for the Roanoke Beautification Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining downtown Roanoke’s unique historic look.

Local country music band Shiloh will be opening for Greenwood. Gates open at 5 pm. Shiloh goes on stage at 6:30; the presentations honoring Apache company start at 7:30; Greenwood performs at 8.

Reserve tickets: $50
General admission:P $35
Special military discount: $20

Tickets available at Joseph Decuis, American Specialty, and Crash & Twang music store

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