Friday is Veterans Day and the 4th Annual Veterans Day Concert will be presented by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in downtown Logan. Founder, music director and conductor Craig Jessop, who is also dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, says as long as he is living and breathing there will be a Veterans Day concert. Jessop says it is important to note that the time has changed this year.”Traditionally, this concert’s been in the evening but because this is 11-11-11, the eleventh day of the eleventh month on the eleventh year,” Jessop says, “we’re going to have this at 11 a.m. as it was when the armistice ending World War I was signed in 1918 in France.”Jessop says the featured speaker will be Cache Valley native and Utah National Guard Adjutant General Brian Tarbet. Gary Griffin, commander of the USU American Legion Post 12, will be the master of ceremonies. Griffin says all Americans owe a debt of gratitude to every generation of servicemen and women.”Veterans are always called up to lay down the extreme sacrifice. We can’t treat them well enough,” Griffin says. “They’re a great bunch of guys. The current active duty people are working harder, I think, than ever before. “I’ve heard of some people being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan seven times. It’s just very hard on them and their families. We need to appreciate what they’re doing and their sacrifice.”People do need a ticket to attend and all tickets have been distributed.Jessop says the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra is also scheduled to perform the Benjamin Britten War Requiem twice over the Veterans Day weekend: Friday at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City and then Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Logan’s Ellen Eccles Theatre.
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