UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Thousands of veterans celebrated their day with Trace Adkins and a bunch of other bands paying tribute to the men and women who serve our country.
“It’s an honor for me to even come to the show, for him to come down from his busy schedule to do this, I feel very appreciated,” said Marine Lou Angelillo Jr.
The excitement built throughout the day as Trace Adkins and nearly a half a dozen bands performed sound checks, getting ready for the Vets Rocks concert. It is to honor the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom. Dave Bray, the lead singer for Madison Rising, one of the headline bands, served as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines before leading what they call, America’s most patriotic band.
“As for being America’s most patriotic rock band, we proudly claim that because not only do we stand behind our troops and our first responders and our military men and women, but we also stand with them,” said Bray.
Bray says the band puts America first and with their rock versions of the Star Spangled Banner, they hope the music can help unite America.
“We bring everybody together, it doesn’t matter what side of the island you were on if you want to be a patriot, and you want to stand up for your country, that’s what we’re trying to do. We are trying to plant the seed to patriotism so that the trees of liberty can continue to grow across this country,” said Bray.
The musicians stepped forward asking anyone who is a Vietnam veteran to please stand, anyone back from Afghanistan, any of the wars, they wanted to acknowledge. It was a tribute like no other. Amato Jimenez served in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. He says he is proud to serve his country and thankful his country is honoring.
“This is awesome. The fact that we are able to gather together as veterans with family and enjoy it with the family, it is an awesome feeling,” said Jimenez.
Trace Adkins came out front acknowledging all the troops, asking them to stand for all they have done. The veterans we talked to said they felt very appreciated.