Honor Flight 2012

by Maria on September 9th, 2012

Twenty-four hours after our soaking in Livonia, the weather was sunny and clear as Kelley's Heroes headed to the Rochester International Airport to play for Honor Flight. We exchanged stories of how wet we had been the day before and how most of had to wear different shoes for Honor Flight because our marching shoes were still wet from yesterday! Fortunately, this was a concert and not a marching event, so we could wear dress shoes and still be comfortable. It was nice to see Brian, who hasn't been able to play with us this year.

We stood inside the entrance of the airport and played while we were waiting for the WWII veterans to arrive. They walked a path lined with family members and representatives of area veterans groups. We played well, using our "indoor voices" and making the effort to play with control and dynamics.
After all the veterans had arrived, we moved into the International Room. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Katherine Roth and her students from Sienna Catholic Academy and was followed by The Star-Spangled Banner played by Arnie on trumpet, Pully on valve trombone and Kevin on snare drum. Arnie invited everyone to join in singing. Several local dignitaries thanked the veterans for their service and congratulated them for making the trip to Washington, D.C.

Toward the end of the ceremony, we played an Armed Forces medley, and veterans were instructed to raise their hands as the music from their branch of the service was played. After the ceremony, we played a few more patriotic songs as the veterans and their families were leaving. Thanks to Matt for taking these photos.

Look for Kelley's Heroes at Palmyra Canal Days next Saturday, September 15.

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Honor Flight, Brian, Arnie, Pully, Kevin, Matt


Kathy - September 10th, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Nice blog, Maria -- well explained. It was certainly an honor to participate in such an event as this !!

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