Memorial Day in the High Country

By Frank Ruggiero (

Article Published: May. 22, 2013 | Modified: May. 28, 2013
Memorial Day in the High Country

Members of the High Country Dance Studio will observe Memorial Day June 1, wiht a special concert, ‘Operation Dance: We Salute You.’ Pictured are Sue Sweeting, Betty Hodges, Tom Lawrence, Nona Lawrence, Donna Rae Ford, Marion Miller, Martha Maiden, Mariette Lisk, Maggie Castro, Kim Miller, Leah Hampton, Cassidy Johnson, Jazmine Cowan, Lillee Moore, Victoria Lentz, Elizabeth Tilley, Lilly Coggins, Alexus Potter, Keegan Brown, Lilly Fairbanks, Caroline Hodges, Anna Konrady, Caroline Wood, Gretchin Turbyfill, Vanessa Minton, Peyton Walton, Tracy Tilley, Ragan Huntsman, Camryn Norris, Allison Turbyfill, Macie Keller, Abby Utter, Marley Forrester, Delia Forrester, Maddey Street, Chelsi Hodges, Kayla Harmon, Emiline Greer, Brittany Brown, Chelsea Jackson, Cheyenna Jones, Belle Lehmann, Connie Bower, Dakota Harmon, Amber Hendley, Hannah Wood and Addison Rudicile.

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On Monday, the High Country will honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

May 27 is Memorial Day, a time to remember American soldiers and servicemen who’ve fallen in the line of duty.

To celebrate their lives and service, the community will host a variety of events, starting this Sunday.

Sunday, May 26

Mountain Home Music

Mountain Home Music celebrates Memorial Day early with “Musical Memories: Memorial Day,” a concert that will feature classic country music and patriotic songs.

Music comes courtesy of David Johnson and the Studio Band.

“In addition to country classics,” said Joe Shannon, Mountain Home Music founder and host, “‘Musical Memories: Memorial Day’ will also feature songs of remembrance and honor, songs dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets cost $10, and children’s tickets are $5.

Watauga Community Band

The Watauga Community Band will perform its annual Memorial Day concert at 3 p.m. May 26. The concert will be held in Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The band, directed by Bill Winkler, will perform such patriotic pieces as Samuel Augustus Ward’s “America the Beautiful,” Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday” and the John Philip Sousa favorite, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Also, the audience will be invited to sing along to the Jerry Brubaker arrangement, “The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along.”

Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Monday, May 27

Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 7:30 a.m. May 27 at the Veterans’ Memorial on the west side of the Dougherty Administration Building on campus. The ceremony will honor those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The public is invited to attend.

Activities include a flag-raising ceremony, followed by remarks by Lt. Col. David W. Cox, chairman of Appalachian’s Department of Military Science and Leadership.

A continental breakfast will be served in the administration building lobby following the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Cox is a graduate of Appalachian and its ROTC program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1989 and a master’s degree in higher education administration in 2000, also from Appalachian.

Cox’s military assignments include Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Bragg; Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Korea. He was selected to serve as an exchange officer with the Australian Army in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of Ranger School, Airborne School, Air-Assault Course, the Expert Infantry Badge Course, Mortar Platoon Leaders Course, Rappel-Master Course, the Basic and Advanced Infantry Officers courses and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College.
He was assigned to lead the ROTC program at Appalachian in April 2011.

Boone Mall

The Watauga Community Band will perform at Boone Mall for its annual Memorial Day military appreciation celebration. The concert takes place 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 27 at Boone Mall, located at 1180 Blowing Rock Road.

Blowing Rock

U.S. military veterans, their families and supporters are invited to the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Blowing Rock. The event will be held in Blowing Rock Memorial Park on Main Street, beginning at 11 a.m. Monday. Veterans Ron Oberle (U.S. Navy) and Bill Parker (U.S. Marine Corps) will speak of their experiences during the Korean and Vietnam wars, Chip Eidel will perform live music, and patriotic songs will be featured during a sing-along.

The event is free and open to the public.

Live Music at Neighborhood Yoga

Neighborhood Yoga will host “Building Community through Music” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Community members are invited to participate in the ancient practice of kirtan (pronounced “keer-tahn”), a form of yogic chanting.

The evening’s kirtan will be led by Kristin Luna Ray, who tours extensively throughout the country. No yoga experience is necessary, but Neighborhood Yoga founder Valerie Midgett encourages participants to “just come with an open mind and an open heart.”

Tickets cost $12 at the door for general admission and $10 for students. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (828) 265-0377. Neighborhood Yoga is located at 212 N. Water St. near downtown Boone.

Saturday, June 1

High Country Dance Studio

High Country Dance Studio presents a tribute to veterans fallen and living, entitled “Operation Dance: We Salute You.”

The tribute marks the dancers’ end of the year show and will feature numerous dance acts, vocal numbers “and even a color guard to demonstrate our gratitude to all those who have served America in the military,” organizer Amy Forrester said.

The show takes place at Lees-McRae College’s Hayes Auditorium in Banner Elk. All veterans will be admitted free of charge, while general admission tickets cost $10. Tickets for children 5 and younger cost $8. Tickets are available in advance at the High Country Dance Studio, located at on N.C. 105 Extension in Carriage Square, and can also be purchased at the door the night of the performance.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (828) 773-1335 or (828) 406-7351.

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