American Festival Chorus and Orchestra to perform A Veteran’s Day Memorial – Cache Valley Daily



The American Festival Chorus and USU Symphony Orchestra will present a Veterans Memorial on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

LOGANThe American Festival Chorus and USU Symphony Orchestra would like to invite residents of Cache Valley to experience Veteran Memorial Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 pm The concert will take place in the Daines Concert Hall at the Chase Fine Arts Center at Utah State University. It will be the 14the year in which the AFC and USU honored the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving in the United States armed forces.

Craig Jessop Craig Jessop, founder of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, will present a virtual Veterans Day concert on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.

“Each year the AFC honors the service and sacrifice of our Veterans,” said Director Dr. Craig Jessop. “Please join us in honoring and thanking our veterans, alive and those who gave the last full measure of devotion.”

In addition to uplifting and inspiring patriotic music, the choir will pay tribute to a special WWII veteran who, to this day, has not been found but is still missing. Staff Sergeant Martin Edwards, a native son of Cache Valley, was reportedly killed in action.

Martin’s brother, USU Professor Emeritus Farrell Edwards, will pay tribute to his older brother Martin who fought in the battle for the Philippines. While stationed on the island of Negros in the Philippines, he learned that his old equipment, the 145th Field Artillery, was also on the island.

On April 11, 1945, Martin volunteered to carry out a supply mission to his friends and comrades in danger. He was shot down behind enemy lines. The crash site has never been found and his body has never been found.

For his heroic work and determination to accomplish his mission despite great danger, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the only member of his squadron to receive this high honor, just behind the Congressional Medal of Honor. His name is commemorated on a Wall of Honor at the American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines.

The Gabriel Trumpets also join the AFC and USU Symphony Orchestra for this popular annual concert. The Salt Lake City-based group of musicians will perform using eight herald trumpets. They have been together since 2017 and have performed inspiring music from St. George to Logan.

These incredible musicians will help us celebrate in a community of solidarity to honor our American servicemen and women.

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Children 8 years and older are welcome. For more information on tickets, visit



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