By Catey Susco
On November 11, Veteran’s Day, my friends and I attended the Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It was an event to honor our veterans and show our support for the service they give to our country.
The day of the concert, after talking about it at school with my friends, I called my dad just to see what his feelings were about my attending. Much to my surprise, and after many phone calls, I found myself on the way to the Metro. Stepping off the train and walking a couple of blocks, we saw so many people racing to get inside to get the best seats. There were long lines for security, and all we could hope for was to get in. It was amazing to see how many people came out to this concert.
“We finally get to play for our heroes,” said Metallica’s James Hetfield. I thought this was such a inspirational quote, showing how the artists themselves felt about the concert.
This musicians represented a large range of music types from country to rock and roll. Although this could have turned off some people, I felt that it was a way to bring many people together for the support of our veterans. Each of these artists played a couple songs, and in between each artist was a story about a veteran.
What I thought was the most interesting was that at least one of the songs played by each artist had a theme of soldiers, heroes or bravery. From Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the USA” to Carrie Underwood singing “See You Again” with the Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force, the artists directed their songs in honor of the veterans.This concert was something I never thought I would be able to go to, but it’s something I will never forget.