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Vets: 'God Bless the USA'
Those who serve, served honored at Emma Kelly Theater
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Russ Lanier, at podium, and Michael Braz, far left, lead keynote speaker Burt "Hawkeye" Higgins, center, and a packed house at the Emma Kelly Theater in singing "Gold Bless America" during Friday's 2011 Veterans Day observance.
A roomful of military veterans rose from their seats Friday and together performed a resounding rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A” during the 2011 Veteran's Day Community Service program, sponsored by the American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90.The spontaneous performance served as a kick-off to the annual event hosted by the Emma Kelley Theater in the Averitt Center for the Arts.This year, the occasion commemorated a very special moment for the military brethren. “I have been waiting five years to say this,” said American Legion Post 90 Commander Dan Foglio introducing the program. “Veterans Day is on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, in the eleventh month and eleventh year — there!”The specific date and hour pays tribute to a watershed moment in American history.
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