The Cape Ann Big Band is paying tribute to veterans in a benefit for the city’s World War II Memorial in a special event on Sunday afternoon in honor of Veterans Day.
Two years after World War II, Harry S. Truman established Veterans Day as a national holiday, having elected Nov. 11 — the anniversary of the famous World War I’s Armistice in 1918— as the official day of recognition.
“What better way to pay homage and to say thank you to Gloucester’s many veterans than to enjoy music from the Golden Era, performed by one of our community’s premier musical acts. The Cape Ann Big Band will be hosting a concert this upcoming Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, to honor and benefit our veterans,” said Lenny Linquata of the Gloucester House, also the venue of the event.
Proceeds from the event will go to the perpetual care of the World War II Memorial at Kent Circle.
“Cape Ann Big Band’s infectious energy and beautiful renditions of jazz, swing, soul, and rock and roll’s best known songs are sure to delight the crowd. This is a celebration of not only our city’s veterans’ sacrifices, service, and lives, but of all of our nation’s veterans,” said Linquata.
The event will be hosted at The Gloucester House restaurant and will run from 3 until 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the Gloucester House or by calling Connie Condon at 978-283-4098. Organizers hope that people will buy tickets in advance at the Gloucester House but tickets will also be available at the door.
“We’re an organization that is nonprofit and none of us take a cent, but we all do this because we feel it is a very necessary thing to be done,” said Michael Linquata, 87, who spearheaded the committee to create a World War II Memorial in Gloucester.