FORT MYER, Va. (Sept. 15, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), performed "Spirit of America" over the weekend at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Spirit of America will also be performed for the public this coming weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and Sept. 25-26 in Providence, R.I.

Spirit of America is the story of Soldiers past and present, generations of men and women who, for more than 230 years, in times of war and peace, have left families and friends behind to serve their country in the U.S. Army. Spirit of America is a celebration of the history, strength and spirit of the nation.

Historical accounts, taken directly from Soldiers' letters and diaries, provide the story lines for a drama designed to entertain while encouraging all citizens to reflect on how history relates to them today.

Since 1975, Spirit of America has informed and entertained Americans, presenting the history and development of the U.S. Army from its origins through the wars, conflicts, and missions that have molded the Army and the nation.

Spirit of America performances are open to the public and admission is free, however, a ticket is needed to attend. For ticket information, visit:

Celebrate the "Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer" with performances of Spirit of America at the following locations:

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Friday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I.

Friday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.