“Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” Event Pays Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Though officially celebrated on the second Sunday in August, the National D-Day Memorial will commemorate National Spirit of ’45 Day on Saturday, August 10 at 7pm with a tribute to Frank Sinatra.
National Spirit of ’45 Day was established by Congress in 2010 to provide an opportunity for Americans to say “Thank You” to those who served in uniform and those who supported them on the Home Front. It is to remind America of the values and accomplishments of the generation who endured the hard times of the Great Depression, fought to defeat the greatest tyranny in history, and then went on to rebuild their shattered world in an unprecedented effort to help assure a better future for both friend and former foe alike. KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE! is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative to preserve the legacy of the men and women of the Greatest Generation so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, “can-do” attitude and commitment to community can help inspire a renewal of national unity in America at a time when our country once again must come together to meet historic challenges.
The National D-Day Memorial’s Frank Sinatra concert and ceremony on August 10 begins at 7pm and features a brief ceremony, opening music by Keith Campbell, and a performance by Sinatra impersonator James Anthony. In June of 2012, Anthony was ranked as the number 1 Sinatra vocalist in the U.S. for the annual international Sinatra show in the hometown of Frank Sinatra, Hoboken, NJ. The judges gave him the only perfect score among 15 of the top Sinatra performers from around the world. Anthony was judged to have the best performance by judges that were ranked top in the music industry.
After serving honorably for 6 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy, Squadron VA-122, Anthony began a successful music career in Los Angeles and Vegas. He began his career performing as a drummer/percussionist and backup singer in Vegas. Anthony is now considered one of the greatest male swing jazz voices in the U.S. and one of the few who sings Sinatra like Frank himself. As a result of a great love and understanding of the 'Great American Songbook', Anthony has worked and continues to keep the essence of the Sinatra legacy alive as Francis Albert Sinatra sang it. Now residing in Washington DC, Anthony travels for his fans to sold out shows to perform the greatest music & lyrics ever written and arranged, to bring you back to the time when the songs set the scene for the vocalist to bring the lyrics alive.
The concert will also be the last opportunity of the summer for visitors to see the illuminated Memorial at night. Fees are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 6-18. Children under 6 are free. In honor of National Spirit of ’45 Day, World War II veterans receive free admission. There are no advance ticket sales, so plan to arrive early. Guests are reminded to bring a chair. Help the Memorial keep the spirit of 45’ alive with a visit to the concert and ceremony.
For more information on this event and others at the National D-Day Memorial, call 540-586-3329 or visit www.dday.org. A portion of this event is generously sponsored by Weldex Sales Corporation.
Sinatra, The Legacy Lives On
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