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Everyone invited to special concert that celebrates local veterans, assists Legion branches

Written by Pembroke Observer and News

All residents – young and old, military and civilian – are invited to come celebrate and support our local veterans by attending the area’s first ever Veteran Concert live at Festival Hall on Saturday, November 4th at 7 p.m.

This unique event in support of the Pembroke and Petawawa Legion branches will feature a mix of ceremony, stories told by veterans and musical entertainment put together in a way that will create an unforgettable night.

“The idea for this show came to me this summer as a way to both honour our veterans and help raise money for our local legions,” said Pembroke Councillor Ian Kuehl, a local lawyer, who is co-producing the show. “As an Associate Member of the Pembroke Legion and the grandson of a Korean War veteran, I think it is important to recognize and give back to those in our community that have served us so proudly. I am really looking forward to sharing what has become a one-of-a-kind production in this area.”

In addition to some more somber ceremonial aspects that will speak to the reverence of the evening, the night will include four local musical acts that each feature either current members of the armed forces or veterans or both. The four acts are JJ Staley Music, Jennifer Gagnon, Music Healing Veterans and Stereo Typical. Additionally, between each of the musical performances, YourTV Ottawa Valley has filmed a number of local veterans sharing their personal stories about their time in the service.

“The Legion is an important charity for our local community as it provides a multitude of services to our military members and veterans, as well as to the broader community,” Master Cpl. (Ret.) Jay Baker, a veteran himself and co-producer of the show, told the Observer. “Transitioning to civilian life is a complex process and the Legion, among other things, helps members navigate the Veteran Affairs programs, allowing the service member to get the medical and mental health treatment many need.”

Tickets for this must-see concert are $30 and can be purchased online at www.rdccevents.com or in person at Leach & Kuehl Professional Corporation (Pembroke), Milano Pizza Petawawa and Mary Brown’s Chicken (Petawawa). 100 per cent of the proceeds from the concert are being evenly divided between the Pembroke and Petawawa Legions – so attendees will not just be getting a night of live entertainment, they will also be directly contributing to two local causes.

The sponsors for the event include the Integrated Health Centre, Leach & Kuehl Professional Corporation, The Security Company and Coun. Ian Kuehl.

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