Sadly, more than one million military service personnel have died during American wars. Memorial Day is intended to honor them, their lives, and their service.
A special day in the life of the nation, it is a time to remember the bravery of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms held so dear.
The Wayne community has a long history of honoring its war dead with a parade down the main thoroughfare on Lancaster Avenue, through the heart of town, ending at the War Memorial on South Wayne Avenue.
The Valley Forge Military Academy and College Regimental Band and the Corps of Cadets have long been the much-heralded anchor to the parade. There are 27 members of the VFMAC Regimental Marching Band participating on Monday.
In addition to the parade, there are a series of events around the campus to honor VFMAC graduates who are among the fallen. Wreaths will be placed at the Korean Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Annenberg Memorial, and at the Book of Remembrance in the Chapel. Cadets will offer words of remembrances and prayers of gratitude.
As part of the solemn observances, the Band of America’s Few will perform a concert on the VFMAC campus. The Band of America’s Few is a veteran organization dedicated to promoting national pride and patriotism through music. Comprising veterans and retired Marine Corps musicians, the Band will perform a free concert, open to the public.
The hour-long concert entitled In Storm and Sunshine will include patriotic songs such as Semper Fidelis, Amazing Grace, In Storm and Sunshine, and Reflections from the Wall, among others. Five honor level VFMAC Cadets have the privilege of performing with the Band of America’s Few.
The concert will be held Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm in Mellon Hall, on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College at 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, Pa. Parking is available in the general lot on Radnor Street Road.
For additional information, contact Wes Locke, Communications Director for the Band of America’s Few at (352) 430-5799.