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Memorial Day symphony concert in Fayetteville draws thousands

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember the fallen, the forgotten and the armed forces members who served our country.

All weekend long moving tributes for our heroes were given and heard all over the country. Sunday at Festival Park in Fayetteville, more than 5,000 people came out to hear an original score written just for those heroes. The talent of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, as well as the US Army Ground Forces Band, were on full display from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Marshal Goodman served in the Air Force many years ago and said the event is also a celebration of life, something he almost lost to chronic kidney disease. "I am so blessed. I get to play with my great, great, great grandchildren, hopefully," said Goodman. "Let's remember what made this country free and what gave us all the privilege we enjoy."

Carl Bobbitt is also a veteran and explained what Memorial Day means to him. "I try to think of my wife today who is still in uniform and I hope and pray that she's still ok. She's in Afghanistan now," he said.

Chris Brubeck is the composer of the score, "Quiet Heroes," and said the 45 minute rendition was the least he could do. "I think it's just amazing what they went through, so I remember the people that have sacrificed so much."

Narrated by Wilford Brimley, the crowds were emotional, attentive and seemed united by their mutual respect for the heroes that serve. This was the first free concert of its kind. Organizers say because of Sunday's success, they hope to bring it back next year. 

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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