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Military Tribute Concert to honor veterans at Iowa State Fair

July 23, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

(Des Moines)- Mount Olive Lutheran Church and School announced that it will host a Military Tribute Concert on Aug. 12, at Iowa State Fair's Knapp Stage. Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds are scheduled to attend.

The event begins at noon and is open to all ages.

The concert will consist of a 160 person adult choir, an 80 member orchestra and a children's choir for ages 5 12. All music will be patriotic including The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and more.

Working in conjunction with Iowa District West, Mount Olive's goal is to provide an opportunity for musicians from across the state of Iowa to show their gratitude to our nation's veterans by offering a concert in their honor. An open invitation will be sent to active duty military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen heroes from The Global War on Terror. Families of fallen soldiers will be asked to decorate the area below their designated flag in the flag memorial.

"As the spouse of a military veteran, I am honored that Iowans are stepping up together to recognize the great sacrifice that our soldiers and their families make," said Meri Grogan, Clive resident. "This concert is an amazing way to say that their deployments and service is not taken for granted."

Concert organizers are hoping to secure musician participation from all 99 counties in Iowa. Applications are being accepted for both choirs and the orchestra at or by contacting Julie DenHerder at



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