Kennesaw State salutes Operation Iraqi Freedom

The School of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will celebrate Independence Day early with a…

Georgia (Jun 8, 2003) — Kennesaw State salutes Operation Iraqi Freedom

Cheryl Anderson Brown


The School of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will celebrate Independence Day early with a free concert on June 29 honoring American veterans and saluting the men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"Although many of the troops are still overseas‚ we want the public to be able to pay tribute in a very meaningful way‚" says Joseph Meeks‚ Dean of the School of the Arts.

The concert‚ which begins at 8 p.m. at the university's Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater‚ features a performance of patriotic favorites by the Army Ground Forces Band from Fort McPherson. The evening will conclude with a rousing fireworks tribute to the American spirit.

Organized in 1845‚ the Army Ground Forces Band's heritage‚ which includes twenty−six campaign streamers and two awards of the French Croix de Guerre‚ spans the Mexican War‚ the Civil War‚ the Spanish−American War‚ the Philippine Insurrection and both World Wars. During the battle of Monterey‚ Mexico‚ the band captured and turned an artillery battery against the enemy. To commemorate this distinguished service‚ President Zachary Taylor authorized the band to wear red piping on the uniform‚ making it the only Army band to receive a combat distinction from the President of the United States. The band is the musical ambassador of the American soldier.

KSU Professor of Voice Oral Moses will serve as emcee for the evening. He is a Vietnam−era U.S. Army veteran. The concert is presented as part of the university's Starlight Summer Series.

On−the−ground seating is free. Guests may bring picnics and lawn chairs. Table reservations for parties of six are available for $50. Call 770−420−4750 to reserve tables.

For more information‚ visit or call 770−423−6650.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit