Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84 has teamed up with the American Legion Band to provide the first free concert since the two-year hiatus.
Doors open at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday May 28for the concert he will give in the auditorium of West Aurora High School, 1205 W. New York St., Aurora.
The American Legion band has been rehearsing through the winter and spring to prepare for its 85and season. This post-COVID concert is hosted by the Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84 to honor service members currently serving around the world.
“It is an honor for me, as Commanding Officer of Post 84, to pay tribute in the spirit of Armed Forces Day to the men and women who serve our country around the world,” said Cmdr. Mike Eckburg. “Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and this year it’s May 21, but we were able to hold our concert in West Aurora on May 28, with great patriotic energy that only the American Legion Band can offer”.
The American Legion Band will perform for the community and in honor of our active duty members and veterans. They will perform patriotic standards as well as an ever-expanding repertoire of pieces. The event is free and open to the public.
“In 1937, two World War I veterans from Roosevelt Aurora Post 84 formed a cadet band of high school musicians,” Eckburg said. “It’s our honor to host the first post-concert pandemic and bring back the patriotic songs that all members of the community will enjoy.”
The American Legion Band continues to encourage student musicians to develop a lifelong appreciation of music and the focus remains on lifelong musical education, enhancing musicianship with an ever-expanding music library of stimulating pieces.
The group performs primarily during the summer months and performs concerts and parades in the Fox Valley area.
The Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest posts in the state of Illinois and the nation. Its name is in memory of Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt, killed during World War I during an aerial combat over France on July 14, 1918.
Legion Post 84 has over 200 members and meets at 8 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at One E. Benton St., Unit 305, Aurora.
SOURCE: Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 press release