There are many colors associated with Christmas traditions, but at a very special concert at Calvary Baptist auditorium Dec. 9, the colors of Christmas will to be red, white and blue.
The concert series “An Evening in Old Savannah,” along with Great American Production, is presenting “A Hero’s Christmas” to honor active and veteran military.
The series returned this year after a long hiatus thanks to popular request of local music fans.
“Some of the businesses here in Savannah, they wanted us to start up a series in midtown Savannah with gospel concerts, Irish music, classic music, so we developed and put together ‘A Hero’s Christmas,’” says organizer and promoter Danny Kramer. “We designed it because we wanted the military to come together and honor all the veterans and all the active military since we’re such a big military town.”
The free concert will feature a variety of talent, including American Traditions Vocal Competition Bronze Medal winner Dee Kramer performing traditional Christmas tunes with the New Arts Ensemble Orchestra. The program also includes vocalist Brad Hudson, gospel grouop Call of Mercy, concert pianist David Williams and harpist Kristin King.
Local TV personality Doug Weathers is hosting as master of ceremonies and will make a special presentation to all of the military members in attendance. There is also a special appearance by the 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard and Lone Bugler.
The organizers encourage attendance and participation from the VFW and other veteran organizations, chamber clubs, schools, and churches of all denominations. Families of deceased veterans are invited to wear a photo of their hero over their heart to honor their memory, and military — veteran and active — are encouraged to wear their uniforms, hats and medals.
"It is our desire for every veteran, all active military and their families, and families of veterans no longer with us, to come and be honored and recognized at this wonderful Christmas event,” says Kramer. “We are striving to bring together the entire community and city of Savannah to show our strong support for these honorable heroes who have served and continue to serve today. The wonderful freedoms that we enjoy were paid for with their devotion and sacrifice. They must never be forgotten."
IF YOU GO
What: “A Christmas Evening in Old Savannah” presents “A Hero’s Christmas”
When: 6 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Calvary Baptist auditorium, 4625 Waters Ave.