"Spirit of America" concert program to promote national unity

his Tuesday, people throughout Cookeville and surrounding communities will have a chance to join together to collectively express their grief and support of national unity in response to the recent terrorist attacks.

Tennessee Tech University, along with distinguished members of the Cookeville community, are organizing "The Spirit of America," a concert program to honor our nation and those affected by the attacks through inspirational readings, music and song. The free program is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the TTU Memorial Gym. Donations for the Sept. 11th Fund will be collected at the event.

Scheduled participants include the TTU Band, University Orchestra, TTU Chorus, area church choirs, TTU ROTC battalion, Mayor Charles Womack, Fire Chief Gene Schmid, Emergency Management Services Director Randy Porter, and TTU President Bob Bell, along with VFW and American Legion representatives and numerous other community leaders. Rev. Charles McCaskey will provide the invocation and narration for the program.

Performances will include the "Star Spangled Banner," "Fanfare for Common Man," "Amazing Grace," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America," "America the Beautiful," and more.

For more information, contact Debbie Combs, TTU special projects coordinator, at 372-3301.