The relationship between the indispensable Army and the indispensable nation reflects a spirit unity, appreciation, and trust. This spirit fueled General George Washington's colonial army during the Revolution, overcame British aggression during the War of 1812, and held the ties that bound America together during the Civil War. This spirit of America is a vibrant flame that continues to grow and has developed into a shining light of liberty that dispels the darkness of oppression, terrorism, and tyranny.For the past 30 years, the U.S. Army celebrates America by performing a world class production across the nation. In 2014, over 40,000 people gathered in stadiums across the Northeast during 12 live performances of "Spirit of America", the Army's largest outreach program. The shows in Boston, Albany, and Hershey (PA) paid tribute to America's distinguished history while also showcasing the Army's contributions during some of our most perilous times. The young and old gathered in a display of tremendous patriotism to demonstrate their support for the military as they warmly embraced the Soldiers that made up the Spirit of America's cast.In recognition of the importance of strengthening the bond between the indispensable army and the indispensable nation, the Army, with support from Soldiers from the Military District of Washington, will perform Spirit of America in the National Capital Region this September. Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band are preparing for the live performances. Last season, scores of people walked away inspired and appreciative of America's trusted professionals. This year's shows will undoubtedly exceed last year's success.The 2015 Spirit of America shows will be in the Washington D.C. area. The D.C. Armory will host five shows on September 10 (10:30 am), 11 (10:30 am and 7:30 pm), and 12 (2:00 pm and 7:30 pm). The EagleBank Arena on George Mason University will host four shows on September 18 (10:30 am and 7:30 pm) and 19 (2:00 pm and 7:30 pm). The shows are free but tickets are required.Anyone wishing to celebrate America's history, honor the Army's proud 240 years of service, or bask in the warmth of the bond that holds America to her Army should request free tickets for the Spirit of America at http://spiritofamerica.mdw.army.mil/. The show is guaranteed to inspire, educate, and entertain.