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Free concert to honor troops slated Wednesday


The Academic Avenue Foundation will host a live musical concert on Nov. 30 in San Marcos to honor members of the U.S. armed forces.

The free event will be at the Texas Music Theater and feature music, spoken word, and personal stories. Musicians Brandon Smith, Mr. Myles, and Chris Hello will perform beginning at 8 p.m.

Chris Hello will play Country/Top 40 music accompanied by guitar. He will also perform original Hip Hop music. Brandon Smith, a guitar player/singer songwriter, will play Country/Top 40 original songs and covers. Mr. Myles will perform original rap songs with a guitar player.

“Our personal memento to the troops will come in the form of personally-written songs dedicated to thanking them for everything they do,” said Hello.

The event will also feature a talk by Taryn Davis, American Widow Project executive director and guest on CNN’s Heroes program. Davis’ husband, military member Michael Davis, was killed in Iraq in 2007 at the age of 21.

The American Widow Project, a non-profit organization that connects military widows and widowers nationwide, has served more than 1,000 clients during its four-year history, according to Academic Avenue Foundation Executive Director Greg Weatherford II.

The concert will promote Academic Avenue Foundation’s care package drive. The foundation is partnering with area public and private entities to collect 1,000 pounds of care package items for distribution among active troop members overseas. Participating organizations include McCoy’s Building Supply, Pioneer Bank, Grande Communications, San Marcos Police Department, and Aspen Heights. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the drive can do so at any of the local San Marcos offices of the above organizations.

For more information may be found by contacting Greg Weatherford II at 214.918.4129 or via email at gregweatherford@txstate.edu.

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#1 Comment By Bob On 11/28/2011 @ 2:08 pm

I almost didn’t comment on this, but I just have to.

As a veteran, this event (as described) is very out of touch with veterans for a whole lot of reasons. Everything about that makes me want to stay away.