How to Honor Veterans and Greatest Generation this Veteran’s Day

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Army Jazz Concert part of Veterans Day Weekend

Port Arthur’s Veterans Memorial Bridge and Golden Triangle Veterans Memorial Park are two ways we honor our veterans in Southeast Texas. This season, the U.S. Army’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a concert to honor The Greatest Generation to add to the season’s patriotism.

The U.S. Army’s Jazz Ambassadors will stop in Port Arthur, TX, during its fall concert tour at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Woodrow Wilson Early College High School Auditorium, 1500 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur. The concert is free; for tickets, call  the Port Arthur News, concert sponsor, at (409)  721-2400.

The Army’s official touring jazz orchestra, performs a variety of styles from Dixieland and swing classics from the WWII era, to Duke Ellington, Basie, Bebop, modern jazz and beyond. This 19-member jazz ensemble has received widespread acclaim at home and abroad, earning the Jazz Ambassadors the title “America’s Big Band.”

Catch a live video promo by clicking here. 

“The Greatest Generation” is a tribute to the men and women of World War II. Audiences will enjoy many of the classic Big Band Era songs while the story of the war is told through pictures and videos. “The Greatest Generation” focuses on the American sentiment, American resolve and American unity that defined this generation with narration that features letters written to and from servicemen and women during the war, as well as famous quotes from the likes of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“The Army remains committed to our soldiers, our veterans and our country and it is the people of the United States who we all serve,” said Col. Jim Keene. “It’s a privilege to be in High Point connecting America to its Army. Using the power of music, our soldiers pay tribute to all service members who have liberated the world and who have preserved America’s freedoms and our Constitution.”

The Jazz Ambassadors, an official component of The U.S. Army Field Band, tours nationally and internationally as directed by the Department of the Army, and serves as the liaison between the Army and the American people. Its primary mission is to connect America to its Army through the universal language of music. The Army Field Band consists of four performing components and a far-reaching educational program. Local organizations host each concert tour with the mission of supporting local community events such as centennial celebrations, festivals, and city and state commemorations. For more information, visit The Army Field Band.

Visit Year Round

The Veteran’s Memorial Bridge is the only cable-stayed bridge built on a Texas Highway and the nearby Veteran’s Memorial Park, 8100 Gulfway Drive, features walls bearing 10,000 names of the area’s living and deceased veterans from the Spanish American War to Desert Storm. The 50-foot Tower of Honor contains the names of local soldiers Killed in Action/Missing in Action. The park is open dawn to dusk, year-round.

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