I predict that on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2006 the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service will air a 60-minute radio version of an August 19, 2006 concert held in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The concert will be presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, and Feed the Children and be titled “A Salute to the Armed Forces: `Christmas in August.’” Special guests will be Sandi Patty, Crook & Chase, and the Band of the Air Force Reserve. The concert will end with several standing ovations and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as an encore. If you listen to the concert, you may reflect with gratitude and price on family members who have served in the military. For example, if I to listen to the concert, some of the people I might reflect on could include:
· My father, who served in the United States Air Force and flew in B-47s for the Strategic Air Command.
· Lloyd Jones, my father’s uncle, who died in the Philippines while serving in World War II.
· Charles Hagemeister, husband of my mother’s sister Mary, who served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, flying out of India and over “the Hump” to supply the military effort in China.
· LaVar “Woody” Woodbury, husband of my mother’s sister Lora, who sailed on the Pacific Ocean for the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
· Keith Andersen, my mother’s brother, who served in the United States Army as a Ranger in World War II, and saw harrowing duty in the Pacific Theater of Operation.
· Vance Wendell Andersen, my mother’s brother, who served in the United States Navy during World War II.
(I attended this concert on August 19, 2006, and wrote this account on August 24)