Five hundred service men and women at Fort Hood and Dyess Air Force Base were recently the recipients of generosity with a distinctly Central Texas flair. Volunteers from the Brownwood Reunion Celebration distributed 500 free tickets to Friday and Saturday nights’ Celebration Stage concerts.
“This is only a very small token of our appreciation for our men and women serving our country. They all put their lives on the line for us and there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think and pray for each of them,” Reunion volunteer Debbie Morelock said. Morelock is an active member in several organizations that support the U.S. Military and its families.
Saturday’s concert will feature Grammy award winner John Michael Montgomery. Montgomery burst onto the national music scene in 1993 with his debut album, “Life’s A Dance.” The title song hit No. 4 on the charts and its follow-up single “I Love The Way You Love Me,” hit No. 1. His second album, “Kickin’ It Up,” hit the top of the country and adult contemporary charts with songs “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “If You Got Love,” and “Rope The Moon.”
Montgomery’s music career has spanned a dozen albums plus a greatest hits package. His most recent single on radio, “Letters from Home,” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 2004.
Other highlights of Saturday night’s concert include performances by the Brown County’s Got Talent champion, Chris Thompson and the Split Second Band, the Ryan Tharp Band, Samantha Bush singing the National Anthem and the Fireworks Spectacular show before Montgomery’s performance. Gates open at 5 p.m. and festivities begin at 6:20 p.m.
On Friday night, concert-goers will be treated to a lineup featuring headliner Jack Ingram. A Texas native, Ingram began writing songs and playing guitar as a student at SMU and his first single, “Wherever You Are,” reached No. 1 on the charts. His current album, “This Is It,” features several hits on both the radio and video charts.
“I’ve spent the last year introducing myself to a brand-new audience,” he says on his Web site. “And now it feels like it’s beginning to take hold.”
The James Black Band and Calvin Milburn will open for Ingram. The Brown County’s Got Talent finalists will perform and Jessica Martin will sing the National Anthem. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6:50 p.m.
Local active military personnel can pick up free tickets at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Everyone must show military ID when they pick up tickets and also show military ID at the door as they enter the staging area.
Morelock went on to praise the community partnership with Fort Hood’s 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), commanded by Col. Scott Thompson. The Brigade will be sending three combat helicopters that will be on display at the Reunion.
Morelock encourages everyone who attends this year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration to take a minute and say a special “thank you” to all the men and women who so selflessly serve in the armed forces.
“This is even more appropriate as memories of 9-11 resurface for all of us about this time, so make the time to not only connect and reconnect with friends and family but especially our men and women serving in every area of our Armed Forces,” Morelock said.