To the editor:
On behalf of our administrator, Cathy Cich, board of directors, staff and volunteers at Charity Hospice, I would like to take this time to thank the many people who helped with our U.S. Army concert. The concert, which was held July 6, held special meaning to all those who attended. Having the opportunity to be entertained by the Volunteer Music Ambassadors during the Fourth of July weekend enabled all those in attendance to experience a true sense of pride toward our great nation.
Having to endure extremely hot temperatures that day, guests were entertained by a mixture of pop, rock, country and patriotic classics performed by the very talented musicians. The show was wonderfully organized and performed at an upbeat tempo, leaving the audience with the utmost sense of patriotism. The musicians interacted well with the audience and, following the concert, remained to converse with those in attendance and share experiences with veterans of all ages.
I have attended many concerts over the years, but none have been as touching as the one I experienced that day. Being there to experience their efforts and the meaning they put into every song brought chills to your body. Every dedicated individual who serves our country needs to be recognized for all they do. These great heroes put their lives on the line every day to protect out freedoms, which we should never take for granted. We are so fortunate to have the Ambassadors represent our country. They were truly thankful to all who attended. One of the musicians mentioned to me that he was so touched to see everyone in attendance waving the American flags which were handed out as they arrived.
We certainly owe our gratitude to the Army for arranging this concert and allowing us to enjoy their wonderful talents. However, without the help of so many, this concert could not have taken place. I would like to thank those responsible for helping make this event a reality: McBane Insurance Agency of Bergholz, State Park Motors of Wintersville, VFW Post 273 of Amsterdam and Commander John Gallagher, Allietta Ford of Wellsburg, Riesbeck's Food and Pharmacy of Wintersville, Kroger in Wintersville, Froehlich's Classic Corner in Steubenville and Jordan K. Seminara. Their donation of water and ice, along with monetary donations and hard work, helped to make this event a success.
Finally, I wish to thank the staff at Historic Fort Steuben for their cooperation and assistance, in particular Judith Bratten, executive director, and Jerry Barilla, events coordinator. Without their help and professionalism, we could not have organized this event in an effort to give back to the community.
Finally, thanks to all who attended. Without your support, these events could not continue.
Steven M. Seminara
Director of Volunteers