Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00
On Saturday, Aug. 3, hundreds of concert goers, veterans, and their supports made their way to Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre for the county’s annual Salute to Veterans Concert. This year, the event starred Tony Orlando and the USO Liberty Bells. Ceremonies honoring the armed services, past and present, kicked off at 6:45 p.m.
Tony Orlando, most noted for his recording of “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” moved and excited the audience. The song was recording 30 years ago. Orlando brought warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. From million selling records (five number one hits), a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway (Barnum and Smokey Joe’s Cafe) Orlando has conquered every facet of show business.
The only official chartered USO show troupe, the USO Liberty Bells travel throughout the world performing for service men and women, their families, veterans and audiences that actively support the troops here and abroad. The USO Liberty Bells are a part of this American tradition that began with the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific 71 years ago.