NORWOOD, MA– The British Invasion Years’ performance at the Norwood Theater October 7th included a tribute to Vietnam Veterans from VFW Post 2452.
The boys in the band met with the honorees prior to the concert to extend their personal thanks to those who served. As keyboardist Jon Wolf noted, “Meeting these soldiers and hearing their stories first-hand was both amazing and incredibly moving”. Each Veteran was also was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the group.
Later in the evening, the band took a few moments out of their show to take a “roll call” of the Veterans being honored. As the first name was read, the capacity crowd rose to their feet applauding, and the standing ovation continued as they, and all Vets in attendance were thanked from the stage.
Before the night was over, several quotes were read that gave the audience a stirring peek into what the music meant to those serving their country half way around the globe, among them:
“Music meant home, gave camaraderie, We all clung to the music,
it didn’t matter where we were from, we were all connected by the music.”
–E6 Tom Dolan, US Army
“It reminds me of about the guys coming home, and those who didn’t make it back.
So many veterans didn’t get honored, [and] the music is what we can relate to now.”
–E4 Charlie Griffiths, US Army
Some photos graciously shared by our Unsung Heroes
Lee, Bobby, Jon & Jeff salute these heroes and truly appreciate them taking the time to share their experiences, as well as photos that were assembled into collages and displayed in the theater lobby:
CAPT STEVE BRODY, U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
E5 MACH MATE VINCENT CARAFONE, USN
E6 TOM DONLAN, U.S. ARMY
CORPS E4 STEVE EOSCO, USMC
LCPL JOHN DZIUBA, USMC
E4 CHARLIE GRIFFITHS, U.S. ARMY
SGT TED MULVEHILL, USAF
SPECIAL 6 CARL ROSSI SR., U.S. ARMY
SGT RUSS WALTON, USMC
WILLIAM HAYES, US ARMY COMBAT MEDIC
RICHARD COLLIGAN, US ARMY
and extend their heartfelt thanks to Norwood VFW Post 2452, and the Norwood Theatre for making it all happen.