Concert honors community members who serve others
The Aspen Meadow Band's Salute to Those Who Serve concert has been postponed until next September because of weather.
The Aspen Meadow Band is preparing to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to others.
The group's annual Salute to Those Who Serve Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Aspen Meadow Amphitheater, 24232 S. Upper Highland Road.
The event was previously focused solely on those who served in the military, and while veterans and active service members remain an important element, the focus has expanded to include those who work as teachers, first responders, healthcare workers and helping others in any capacity.
"We feel in our hearts that there are so many people to honor, and veterans and service members are a huge part of that," said Aspen Meadow Band member Desirae Aamodt. "(We're focusing on) everyday heroes who help keep us safe, learn and grow. . .September is always a good time to reflect on the history of heros in our lives."
During the concert, band members will play a variety of country and classic rock music.
Though the event is free, donations will be accepted for Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, the group that organizes Shop with a Cop. The annual gathering connects children with police officers to go shopping for Christmas gifts.
Aamodt noted the Salute to Those Who Serve Concert is a valuable way to create community.
"It's giving a place and a time to express thankfulness," she said. "A lot of times people have thoughts for people who've gone before us, but they're not sure how to express them. It's valuable to have that time."
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