By: Bill Hollingshead-Yolo Community Band Media
The Yolo Community Band continues its second decade of concerts for the November 11th Veterans Day Ceremony at the old Yolo County Court House. The concert begins at 10: 15 a.m. prior to the 11:00 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony put on by the American Legion Yolo Post 77. The event coordinator is Past Commander Vince Olvera and the current Commander is Martin Prado.
YoloArts is the fiscal sponsor of the Yolo Community Band which opens the concert with the ‘National Emblem March’ followed by ‘Victory at Sea’, ‘Arlington’, ‘American Anthem’, ‘America The Beautiful’, ‘Homefront, ‘Homage to Normandy’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. Pioneer High School Music Director and conductor Bobby Rogers was an Army Specialist as a musician with the 59th Army Band “The Governor’s Own.”
Veterans and men and women still in military service will be recognized with ‘Armed Forces Salute.’ They will be invited by Army veteran Bill Hollingshead, member of the American Legion and clarinetist in the Yolo Community Band
to either stand or raise their hands and be honored when their branch theme is played. Those who served in the Merchant Marines will also be honored.
The American Legion also commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. It was also known as the Great War, the War to End All Wars.
In 1954 Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 380 changing Armistice Day, which referred only to WW I, to Veterans Day to pay tribute to all veterans of all wars.
After the ceremony the Yolo Post 77 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary invite everyone to a free buffet luncheon at the Legion Post Hall at 523 Bush St., Woodland.