Musical salute: Armed Forces Day strikes the right note
May 20, 2010
FORT JACKSON, SC -- The Fort Jackson community celebrated Armed Forces Day Saturday with a carnival, cars and a concert at Hilton Field.
Festivities got under way with the opening of a carnival and car show and reached the highpoint with the performance of country legend John Anderson.
"It's pretty fun. It's a good break from training," said Pvt. James Richardson, Company C, 187th Ordnance Battalion.
The Alabama-native said he particularly liked the car show, which featured 15 classic and modern-day Corvettes.
The cars belong to members of local group, Vettes are forever, Columbia, S.C.
"Most of us are retired military or active duty," said William "Doc" Miles, president of the club. "We always say, 'Thank you,' to the troops, because we know what they're going through. We like to support them and their families. This is our way of showing appreciation."
The main part of the festival was a concert, which, in addition to Anderson, featured performances from patriotic singer-songwriter Eric Horner, funk rock band Ten Toes Up and R&B band Affirmation.
Anderson said he enjoys playing in front of military audiences.
"I'm from a military family myself. My Dad's a retired Marine and I grew up just having a whole lot of respect and a whole lot of love for all the armed forces," he said before his performance. "I'm especially proud to be here at Fort Jackson and I'm fixing to go tell (the Soldiers to) remember they are the greatest Army in the world."
Staff Sgt. Leslie Beecroft, a student with the Drill Sergeant School, said she was excited that Anderson was performing on post.
"I grew up on (his music)," she said. "My mom and dad listened to it all the time."