Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May and LCCO's May 21 and 22 "Darkness and Light" concerts will open with the Armed Forces Salute, a collection of songs representing five of the branches of our nation’s military (a sixth branch, the Space Force, was added in December 2019).
The medley includes “The Army Goes Rolling Along” (Army), “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard), “The Marines' Hymn” (Marine Corp), “Wild Blue Yonder” (Air Force) and “Anchors Aweigh” (Navy). Veteran and current military personnel will be invited to stand during the playing of their branch’s anthem.
Armed Forces Day dates back to 1949 when a single day to honor the military replaced separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
Armed Forces Salute is part of LCCO’s “Darkness and Light” concerts also featuring the world premiere of Cody Criswell-Badillo’s Mexican folk song-inspired “Ofrenda No. 1, ” and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C-minor.
The program will be performed twice, Saturday, May 21 (7:30) and Sunday, May 22 (3:00) at the Mann Center in Sanford. LCCO concerts are FREE with door prizes by Big Bloomers Flower Farm.