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Army TRADOC Band Honors Armed Forces

By Amanda Morad | May 27, 2014

RSG dean, Dr. Eric Patterson, conducts the U.S. Army TRADOC Band on Saturday, May 17.

With the public recognition of Memorial Day each year, another lesser-known national holiday in May often goes unnoticed. But on Saturday, May 17, Regent University celebrated Armed Forces Day, honoring the men and women who faithfully serve in the United States Armed Forces, with a concert by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band.

"Armed Forces Day recognizes those men and women currently serving in uniform at home and abroad: our first line of defense against foreign enemies," said Dr. Eric Patterson, dean of the Robertson School of Government (RSG), which co-hosted the annual event with the School of Communication & the Arts. "Regent is a military-friendly institution, and we are always proud to highlight this distinctive by inviting the community to our campus for an upbeat concert of patriotic music."

Patterson, an Air National Guard officer and commander who regularly conducts the Air National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast, made an appearance as guest conductor for a piece by Hayato Hirose, Norman Rockwell Suite.

"It is inspiring and profoundly uplifting to attend a concert performed by the men and women of our Armed Forces," said Regent Chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson. "It was a delightful hour, topped off by Souza's classic march, Stars and Stripes Forever. I'm delighted that the TRADOC Band would once again bring this performance to the Main Theatre of Regent University."

But the undeniable highlight of the event was when the band performed Armed Forces Medley, a collection of the armed services songs. As each branch's song was played, its members both former and present stood to be recognized.

"Not only did veterans and active duty service members of various ages stand, but our own Chancellor Robertson—a former Marine—also stood when the Marine Corps Hymn was performed," Patterson noted. "It was a thrilling sight to witness these various generations of military service members standing tall."

The City of Virginia Beach supported the Armed Forces Day celebration by issuing a resolution recognizing the men and women of the military—particularly the members in the Hampton Roads, Va., region, which number more than 100,000—the Army TRADOC Band, and Regent University for its military-friendly institutions. This resolution was presented to the Army TRADOC Band commander, Major Leo PeHa, by Dr. Robert Dyer, professor in RSG and a Virginia Beach City Councilman.

Located in Fort Eustis, Va., the Army TRADOC Band serves as an outreach asset for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. The TRADOC Band performs numerous concerts in support of local, regional and national events, including festivals, parades, and both city and state commemorations. The band also supports military ceremonies on and off Fort Eustis.

Learn more about Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.

Learn more about the Robertson School of Government.


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