FAHS Attends D.C. Concert for Valor

Posted on December 16, 2014 by

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On 11 November 2014, the National Mall in Washington D.C was full of excitement. Over 800,000 people were lined up to see the Concert for Valor, one of the biggest musical events of the year.

The concert is held every year on Veterans’ Day to salute those who have served in our nation’s military and those who are still serving overseas. This is the biggest gathering of musical star power in Washington, D.C., since Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

Veterans who have attended the concert have said that it is very nice to be appreciated after all these years. There were many musicians and other celebrities there to help make the event successful. Performers included Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, the Zac Brown Band, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and the Black Keys.

“Metallica was noise then and is still just noise,” History teacher Mr. Weiss said.

Along with these musicians, special appearances were made by Bob Woodruff, George Lopez, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, and John Oliver. Special video messages were made by Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks.

One of the coolest performances was said to be the collaboration of Grohl, Springsteen, and the Zac Brown Band. They all rocked the Vietnam Era anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son.”

Two courageous veterans were recognized specifically. In December of 2006, Nathan Krissoff was killed in Iraq at the age of 25. His father, Bill Krissoff, honored him by becoming a combat surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan at age 61. A short film highlighted the Krissoffs and their service to their country during the concert.

All the performers and celebrities paid their respects to all the veterans and current military personnel that night.

Eminem, as the final act, was the biggest gust of wind on that Tuesday night, ending the show with flags fluttering.

“Eminem was by far my absolute favorite. I’ve always enjoyed his music, but the fact that he agreed to do this concert to honor veterans makes me love him even more. The whole concert was such a great experience, especially getting to spend time with my good friend Laura, and I’m so glad that Mr. Herman let us go to the concert. That was very kind of him,” junior Connor Underkofler said.

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