Before the America's Heroes Celebration begins on Jekyll Island, event sponsor NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC of Claxton will host a free concert featuring Savannah native and country musician Chuck Courtenay at their dealership in Claxton from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15.

Rusty Pig BBQ will serve free barbecue and sweet tea and a drawing will be held after the concert for VIP tickets and backstage passes for the Aug. 18 Rodney Atkins concert in Jekyll Island. The package also includes hotel accommodations, but you must be present to win.

"The winner will get to go backstage and rub elbows with Rodney Atkins before the show," said Demere NeSmith, dealer principal of NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC in Claxton. "When we were asked to help sponsor the America's Heroes Celebration in Jekyll, we felt it was a perfect fit for us. We've been in business for 39 years and we have always supported our military.

"They have sacrificed so much for us. They keep us free in America, free from attacks and allow us to have those freedoms, and we are always so grateful to them for what they do," NeSmith said.

IF YOU GO

What: Chuck Courtenay

When: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15

Where: NeSmith Chevrolet Buick GMC, 7334 U.S. 280 West, Claxton

Cost: Free

Info: 1-800-673-6399

"I hope we can always support them and their families. It's because of them that we are free and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. We just want to show our respect and support in any way we can," he added.

NeSmith plans to be on hand with his family at the beach party on Jekyll scheduled for Aug. 17-18 to personally thank the military and their families.

"I hope everyone who comes out to Jekyll has a great time. They certainly deserve it."