BLUEFIELD — In honor of those who served and to celebrate Veteran’s Day, the East River Mountain Town Band will hold a concert at the Bluefield Performing Arts Center at Bluefield High School.

The concert will take place on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. The band has held its annual Veteran’s Day concert for about six years.

“It’s something we want to do to honor our veterans,” said Mel Saunders, founder and director of the East River Mountain Town Band.

The band has about 44 members ranging from ages 15 to 75. About nine members are veterans themselves.

During the event, the Bluefield High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors before the national anthem. The program will include patriotic music, including a rendition of Amazing Grace in honor of veterans who have passed away. Veterans and their families will also be recognized with an armed forces salute with theme songs from all five military branches.

“Our veterans are why we have this great country of ours and we need to honor them every way we can and remember them for giving the ultimate sacrifice,” said Saunders.

He added the concert is a way the band can give back to the entire area.

Saunders served as the band director at Bluefield High School for 27 years. He started the East River Mountain Town Band in 1997.

“We have folks from six different counties in the two Virginias who play with us,” he said.

For more information on the Veteran’s Day concert contact Saunders at 304-952-1792.

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