FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - The Army's Spirit of America will perform four shows at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Spirit of America is a free, action-packed show performed by more than 300 Soldiers of the Army's elite ceremonial units: the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" from Fort Myer, Va.

Spirit of America chronicles not only the eventful 236-year history of the U.S. Army, but also commemorates the bravery, sacrifice, values and strong character of the many Americans who have answered the call to duty.

The two-hour show combines a traditional military ceremony with a large-scale theatrical production, creating a stirring performance that showcases military discipline and historical re-enactments, along with traditional and modern music.

The 2011 Spirit of America schedule will bring more than 300 active duty Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington to the cities of Washington, D.C., North Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., this September.

This production rarely takes place in the National Capital Region, so it is recommended that you obtain your free tickets in advance. There is no limit to the number you can request.

To order tickets, visit to download the mail order form; visit the Verizon Center Box Office; or order online from Ticketmaster for a nominal fee.

When ordering 20 or more tickets, call 202-661-5061. For accessible seating, call 202-661-5065.

Sign language interpreters will be available at each of the four performances.

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