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Dunedin concert will honor fallen, tell America's history

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DUNEDIN — The Dunedin Concert Band serves up a poignant patriotic tribute this weekend in honor of mom and country.

All that's missing is the apple pie.

The concert, "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor," concludes the band's 31st performing season. Feel free to dress in patriotic colors and bring small American flags to wave.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Mother's Day, in the Edinburgh Hall at the Dunedin Community Center. The Boston Pops-style concerts — more than one hour long — are free, with a donation opportunity at the conclusion. Come early to claim a seat as the performances are enormously popular.

Led by Dr. Louis Alan Zagar, the 75-member band will recognize the visions of the country's founding fathers and the courageous sacrifices of the American military.

"It's a performance that we hope, through its music and narration, reminds us of the founding fathers' promise for America. Not only their promise, but their hope that each generation would pass on the freedoms as defined in our Constitution — unchanged, unfettered, unaltered — to future generations," said Zagar.

A special mother will participate in a flag-folding ceremony as the band plays the gallant piece, Non Nobis Domine, from the 1989 film Henry V. Kim Allison, mother of Army Spc. Zack Shannon, a 21-year-old Dunedin native who died in a March 11 helicopter crash near Kandahar, Afghanistan, will place an American flag at the base of a 218-pound piece of granite.

The artifact came from the north tower of the World Trade Center destroyed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Singers Pam Hood Kooyenga and Nolan Marshall as well as the Dunedin High School ROTC will be a part of the tribute.

A month after the Boston Marathon bombings, some may find the concert, a musical telling of American history, to be a therapeutic way to strengthen and heal.

"We are giving (the audience) a musical canvas upon which they can place their own fears for their country and their own concerns," Zagar said.

One highlight of the concert will be the performance of The Light Eternal. It's based on the story of four chaplains of World War II who gave their life jackets to save others during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester in 1943.

Zagar explained: "The music depicts the celebration of life, the explosion, the chaos and calm as four chaplains sink below the chilly waters — and then a reaffirmation of life. It is an absolutely magnificent performance by our singers and band and is not to be missed."

Other inspirational pieces include iconic tunes such as the Liberty Bell March by John Phillips Sousa, Yankee Doodle and America the Beautiful.

There will be several new pieces, including After the Battle, composed by French horn player Rob Romeyn. During the performance, a video will portray the various resting places of American soldiers around the world.

"The piece is highly emotional, a stunningly beautiful work played magnificently by the band," said Zagar. "It will show we have not forgotten all those who gave their lives in that last full measure of devotion."

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