|City Band to present free concert Oct. 26|
The Greater Grand Forks City Band, directed by Don Craig, will present a free (donations accepted) concert sponsored by Soldiers' Angels Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks, at 7 p.m. This event honors all service members serving in and from North Dakota in 2006. Nationally this will become a major event for Soldiers' Angels and North Dakota will set the precedent for all states following in 2007 to honor their deployed service members on an annual basis. Day of the Deployed is an expansion of the “Ladies of Liberty” project that originated in the UND class Introduction to Women Studies Summer Semester '06 when Instructor Shelle Michaels' students adopted female soldiers of the NDARNG 188th ADA.
A proclamation for "Day of the Deployed" has been issued by North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and will be read at this event in support of all deployed service members. Other speakers include Hal Gershman, Grand Forks City Council president; KC Inman, Grand Forks Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee chairman; Major Mike McNamara, Lance Cpl. Ben Lunak; Spc. Megan Docktor (home from Afghanistan on leave); and Emily Custer, vocalist with the Grand Forks City Band. The Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard will also present the colors prior to the presentation starting. The recipients of “Day of the Deployed” recognition represent their unit, state or branch of distinction. A flag flown (Oct. 26, 2006) over the U.S. Capitol in their honor will be given to them upon their return home from their deployment.
For more information on this event, please check out the web site www.dayofthedeployed.com. For more information on Soldiers' Angels, visit www.soldiersangels.org or contact Tri-State Regional Manager Shelle Michaels at (218) 779-7271 or email@example.com.