The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is celebrating its 65th anniversary in grand style.
To celebrate this milestone, the Foundation is hosting the U.S. Army Field Band Concert on July 30. It will be a night filled with patriotic music under the stars.
The internationally famous U.S. Army Field Band will be performing in Valley Forge as part of their patriotic tour. Also known as the 'Musical Ambassadors of the Army,' they perform on three major music tours every year, travelling thousands of miles to bring their talents to the citizens of the United States.
Throughout its history, Freedoms Foundation has hosted community, military and high school bands on its outdoor stage, attracting audiences numbering into the thousands.
'We have not sponsored a concert here at the Freedoms Foundation for over a decade, so this is very special,' said Terri Lampe, Vice President of Development for Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. 'This is the full US Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus [102 members]. They have not been in the Philadelphia area for about 10 years. This was a quick addition to their schedule so we are working hard to get everything in place for this event.'
This free concert will offer one of the most diverse programs by any concert ensemble, featuring marches and patriotic favorites, orchestral masterworks, Broadway musicals, opera and much more.
'We're very excited to bring this free concert to the community and invite everyone to come out and enjoy a great band on our beautiful campus,' said Michael DiYeso, President and CEO for the Freedoms Foundation.
Prior to the concert, the Foundation is hosting a VIP reception, for the supporters, and the entire community is invited to come and enjoy the beautiful 75 acre campus.
This includes the Medal of Honor Grove, which is a place of reflection and respect for those who have performed acts of valor in defending our nation since the Civil War. The 50 acre grove is open to the public.
The Freedoms Foundation's mission is to educate about American rights and responsibilities, honor acts of civic virtue, and challenge all to reject apathy and get involved. It is among the nation's premier educational organizations offering programs for students, teachers and leaders. Over 2 million students have been impacted by the citizenship programs.
Since 1949, the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge has recognized excellence in education and community involvement. The George Washington National Awards, Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Distinguished Awards programs have been presented to over 56,000 individuals and organizations with over $3.8 million in awards.
'In addition to PECO, Comcast and Wrigley's Business Products and Services, we are still seeking corporate support,' Lampe said. 'If any local business is interested, please call me.'
The free patriotic concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, located at 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on to enjoy the show.
Please visit www.freedomsfoundation.org or call 610-933-8825 for information.