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Veterans Day concert tribute from the USAF Heartland of America Band

Airman 1st Class Jon Anderson, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band French horn player, follows a score as he plays his instrument during a concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium November 6, 2018, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The concert was a special veterans Day performance which included a variety of tributes and American classics to include “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful,” and “God Bless America.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Jon Anderson, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band French horn player, follows a score as he plays his instrument during a concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium November 6, 2018, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The concert was a special veterans Day performance which included a variety of tributes and American classics to include “Amazing Grace,” “America the Beautiful,” and “God Bless America.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Rebecca Wischmann, vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band, adjusts Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell’s collar, a fellow vocalist in the band, prior to heading onstage for a concert November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band held a special Veterans Day performance to commemorate and celebrate all service members, past and present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Rebecca Wischmann, vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band, adjusts Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell’s collar, a fellow vocalist in the band, prior to heading onstage for a concert November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band held a special Veterans Day performance to commemorate and celebrate all service members, past and present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sings for a crowd of about 700 people during a special Veterans Day concert honoring veterans and military service members November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Comprised of nine musicians and three vocalists, the band travels the country performing in a wide variety of venues to demonstrate Air Force excellence and precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sings for a crowd of about 700 people during a special Veterans Day concert honoring veterans and military service members November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Comprised of nine musicians and three vocalists, the band travels the country performing in a wide variety of venues to demonstrate Air Force excellence and precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Schmaus, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band bass player and musical director, strums his bass during a Veterans Day concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium November 6, 2018, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band is a 15-member organization that presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism and tell the Air Force story. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Schmaus, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band bass player and musical director, strums his bass during a Veterans Day concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium November 6, 2018, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band is a 15-member organization that presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism and tell the Air Force story. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Rebecca Wischmann, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sings for a crowd of military and community members who attended a special Veterans Day concert November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band, which began as the 402nd Army Air Force Band on February 1, 1943 at Ardmore Army Base, Oklahoma, performed a two-hour program to honor all veterans and service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Rebecca Wischmann, U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sings for a crowd of military and community members who attended a special Veterans Day concert November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Heartland of America Band, which began as the 402nd Army Air Force Band on February 1, 1943 at Ardmore Army Base, Oklahoma, performed a two-hour program to honor all veterans and service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.— The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band performed a free Veterans Day concert November 6, 2018, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

            More than 700 tickets were reserved by veterans, military families and service members for the two-hour event which included a variety of tributes and classic American songs.

            Andrea Stennis, an East Grand Forks local, attended the concert to honor the veterans in her family and support Master Sgt. Benjamin Kadow, a family friend and Heartland of America Band trombone player.

            “My dad was in the Marines, my husband was in the Army; he and his two brothers served in Vietnam,” Stennis explained. “This concert was a good way to come together and listen to good, American music from all eras.”

            The 15-member team traveled to Grand Forks from their home station of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, to put on a performance for a crowd of all ages.

            Many of the songs in the concert were tributes to specific conflicts to include World War I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, which moved many of the patrons to the point of tears.

            The special Veterans Day concert was concluded with a medley comprised of every U.S. military service’s anthem. Veterans in the audience stood for their respective anthem to sing along proudly, clapping in rhythm as the band performed the final number in the program.