Veterans Day Concert at Cultural Center

This large choir is coming to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Nov. 11 to perform in the Northwest Premiere tour of Kastalsky’s “Requiem: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes.” (Courtesy photo)

Nov. 11 event to feature poppies and Cappella Romana

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be offering a special tribute to veterans, their families and all those who wish to honor the fallen. The LCCC is proud to present the renowned choir Cappella Romana, who will offer a performance of Kastalsky’s “Requiem: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes.” The program will be offered twice, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the center, 540 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City.

Tickets for the Lincoln City “Requiem” performance, which cost up to $52 at other venues in Seattle and Portland, are free for veterans and a discounted $20 for veterans’ companions. Each concert will begin with a presentation of the colors, a reading of the annual Veterans Day message by Rep. David Gomberg, and a standing tribute to all the veterans present. All those who attend will receive a crocheted red poppy pin, handmade by Wanda Janes of the American Legion Post #116 Auxiliary.

The red poppy is an internationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. Because the poppy flourished in the soils of France and Belgium that had been enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war, it came to symbolize the bloodshed of those storied battles. As Lt. Colonel John McCrae MD wrote in his famous poem from the front lines, “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow / between the crosses row on row. That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

When the LCCC looked to purchase red poppy pins for the Nov. 11 “Requiem” concert, executive director Niki Price called the American Legion Post 116 in Newport. She inquired about purchasing the small, paper poppy pins, but found that Auxiliary member Wanda Janes had another idea.

“Rather than selling us the flimsy mass-market pins, Wanda offered us her lovely crocheted poppies. She donates all the supplies and makes each one by hand for a donation to the Children’s Christmas Fund at the American Legion,” Price said. “We were so happy to find a way to commemorate this somber day while providing funds for another worthy project. These are pins that you can keep and wear every year.”

Veterans Day, marked each year in the United States, had its start as Armistice Day. The cessation of hostilities in World War I took effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It is a national holiday in France and continues to be honored in other Allied nations.

General admission seats are $39 for seniors, $20 for youth and $42 for all other attendees. LCCC Membership discounts and complimentary ticket vouchers may be used for this Veterans Day program. Tickets can be reserved online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or by calling 541-994-9994.

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