The Cheraw Arts Commission is inviting the public to an evening of music honoring veterans on Thursday, Nov. 12.
First United Methodist Church will host the 10th annual Musical Tribute to Veterans at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 117 Third St. in Cheraw.
Director Melanie Trusky and musical director Barbara Dickson have created a program that includes patriotic songs and inspirational dialogue. Community singers continue to share their musical talents for this annual performance. Karen Wilkerson will provide piano accompaniment.
Special guest for the evening is veteran drill soloist Anthony Funderburk. A native of Cheraw, he spent six years in The Old Guard with two years as senior soloist. During his Army career, Funderburk served at the inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and welcomed ambassadors and dignitaries visiting the United States.
As a member of the The Old Guard, he traveled throughout the U.S. performing at civic events, schools and the annual Spirit of America event in Washington.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as The Old Guard, is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving since 1784. “The Old Guard” is the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president. The 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation’s capital.
Soldiers of The Old Guard also maintain a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns providing military funeral escorts at Arlington National Cemetery.
For more information, contact the Cheraw Arts Commission at 843-537-8420, extension 12.
The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.