Concert a celebration of community at Fort Bragg
Posted July 4, 2010 10:24 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2010 11:33 p.m. EDT
Fort Bragg, N.C. — The 82nd Airborne Division band entertained as planned on Fort Bragg Sunday night as part of the annual Independence Day celebration.
It was a comeback of sorts for the band, which saw its instruments, uniforms, equipment and sheet music destroyed by fire Friday night.
The soldiers, most of whom recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, took the stage on donated chairs and played donated instruments.
That the community rallied to make sure the show could go on was no surprise to Ron Aman, narrator of the band.
"(The) community that exists here is so strong and so good. I said, 'They're going to fix this," he said.
Donations rolled in Saturday from schools in Cumberland and Harnett counties and from Methodist and Fayetteville State universities.
"We're here to help one another – civilians and military," said Brandon Holst, a member of the National Guard who recently returned from serving in Iraq.
The celebration Sunday featured an artillery round fired for every state in the union, a salute to 50 flying flags and a drum roll. It was standard fare for the Fourth of July at Fort Bragg.