BENTON HARBOR–Join in this community celebration honoring veterans and their families as the Southshore Concert Band, led by Dale Reuss, joins Lest We Forget in their annual Veterans Day Patriotic Concert on Sunday, November 14th at 2:00 pm at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center in Benton Harbor. This is a free event.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stuart Aspinall, a former Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will talk about his assignment and duties as well as the history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He served as a Tomb Guard from 2018-2020. During his time he was an Assistant Relief Commander, Relief Commander and Assistant Sergeant of the Guard. Stuart was raised in Middleville, Michigan and graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Systems from Ferris State University and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University – Wisconsin.
Stuart enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017 and spent three years with the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). Prior to enlisting he worked at JSJ Corporation in the I.T. department. Currently, he is a Religious Affairs Specialist with the 415 th Civil Affairs Battalion in the U.S Army Reserve and resides in Grand Haven, Michigan with his wife, Bethany, and their 18-month-old son.
The 90 members of the Southshore Band will be featuring traditional patriotic songs and salutes for the branches of the service. The theme for the concert, Duty, Honor, Country, is designed to musically assert our American ideals through the performance by the Southshore Concert Band, including instrumental, vocal and visual selections. The men and women who have sacrificed to protect and defend those American ideals as members of the United States military forces will be remembered and honored throughout the program.
Prior to the start of the concert Lest We Forget will honor all veterans by taking their photo. The picture taking will start at 1 pm and continue until 1:45 pm. Photos will be mailed to the veterans. Additionally, a tribute will be paid to the Lest We Forget members who have passed on by showing their photographs during the singing of “The Mansions of the Lord.”