Performers honored to play for veterans at Memorial Auditorium
"I did not serve but there is a close familiar connection. And absolutely for all the right reasons, we honor these people who put the uniform on,” Ken Double said.
Ken Double felt honored to play the pipe organ at this year's Veterans Day Concert. The performance was given as a thank you to Tennessee Valley veterans, but also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Double understands what it means to sacrifice.
"My father's plane went down over China, who was doing recon work in World War II. And two of my brothers served in Vietnam."
Double says our veterans are the reason we are free and can truly enjoy the benefits of living in the United States.
Hundreds listened as patriotic music filled Memorial Auditorium. Double was one of those musicians playing the pipe organ. It's an instrument that was built after World War I to honor the servicemen from Chattanooga. He says the concert is an experience he'll never forget.
Captain Mickey McCamish served in the Army for more than 27 years. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1969. McCamish was one of the key speakers at the concert. He says he's proud to be a part of any Veterans Day event.
"It's a way they can give back and simply say 'thank you.' By sharing the talents that they have,” McCamish said.
The Chattanooga Music Club took donations at the door to raise money for programs that benefit veterans.
Double thinks it's a good start, but that more can be done.
"Make sure that our government leaders treat them properly, with respect and take care of them. That something the citizenry can certainly demand that they are not forgotten,” Double said.
Part of the money raised from the concert will go toward providing new wreaths at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.