2011-08-26 / Government / Neighborhood

Kellie Pickler and Barry Michael to perform for Salute the Troops

By Debbie Kohn

Operation Homefront of South Carolina, a non profit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our services members and wounded warriors, in conjunction with Fort Jackson, will host a star-studded evening of music, food, and charity Saturday, September 10, 2011 (Patriots Day), on Hilton Field, Fort Jackson at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Military service members, veterans, families, and community members will be treated to a headline performance by country music superstar and former American Idol finalist, Kellie Pickler, and an opening performance by Nashville recording country music star, Barry Michael.

This exclusive Salute The Troops concert is free to all retired and active military, wounded warriors and their families (adult guests will need to show a valid drivers license for entry) as well as all Department of Defense ID card holders. Children are welcome and there will be plenty of free parking available on Hilton Field, Fort Jackson.

Further promotional tickets are available for a minimum $10.00 donation and can be obtained from the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Jim Hudson Cadillac Buick & GMC dealership on Garners Ferry Road, Four Moons Restaurant in Orangeburg, Defender Services Highway 378, Embassy Suites on Greystone Boulevard,  or by calling 803 608 2242.

Salute The Troops will be a family night out with plenty of foot stomping music, pizza, burgers, and refreshments including beer and wine.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the local chapter Operation Homefront of South Carolina.

In honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, there will be an array of local and state dignitaries on hand including host Major General Mulano Commander and guest speakers Major General Robert E. Livingston Jr., the Adjutant General for the South Carolina Army National Guard, South Carolina Air National Guard, and the South Carolina State Guard; Bridger General Scott Williams, Base Commander McIntyre National Guard; and Shaw Air Force Base Commander Colonel Joseph Guastella.

“The program is going to be fantastic,” says Major General (Ret) Nelson C. Lacy. “All of us who have been in the military and have come home have an obligation to help those who are in need. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in 9/11 as well as those who have served our country than this upcoming concert which will help raise well needed monetary funds.”

For more information, to purchase tickets to this event, or make a donation contact: Annette Hoover, 803.608.2242, aahoove@mailbox.sc.edu

About Operation Homefront of South Carolina:

Operation Homefront of South Carolina is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is the local chapter of the national OH organization formed in February 2002. It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. It provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. The organization currently provides services to military families cross the nation with 26 chapters serving 32 states.

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