Elmhurst College concert celebrates those who serve

By Desiree Chen
Elmhurst College
Posted11/5/2019 12:28 PM

The Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble and American Legion THB Post 187 will present a Veterans Day tribute concert Sunday, Nov. 10.

The hourlong performance will feature patriotic music and guest speakers from the Elmhurst College Veterans Association and Cmdr. John Scudder from the Elmhurst American Legion. Members of the American Legion Color Guard and Elmhurst Boy Scout troops 77 and 82 also will perform.


After an invocation by the Rev. H. Scott Matheney, the concert will open with Morton Gould's "American Legion Forever," followed by World War I music by George M. Cohan.

Other pieces will include a medley of music from World War II through the Gulf War; John Williams' "Hymn to the Fallen," which will be accompanied by a video tribute; "God of Our Fathers" and "Stars and Stripes Forever," our national hymn and march; and a patriotic singalong of "America the Beautiful."

Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken has described the annual Veterans Day tribute concert as "a wonderful opportunity to enjoy inspirational, patriotic music, and to think about how this country's veterans and active service members, throughout our history, have fought and died to keep us free."

The tribute concert is a part of a larger effort to help increase community engagement and awareness of veterans and their service to our country, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American Legion THB Post 187 in Elmhurst.

The Veterans Day Tribute Concert will begin at noon in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel at 190 Prospect Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call James Hile at (630) 617-3520 or visit elmhurst.edu/campusmap.

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