D-Day 70 Concerts

Choir Newsletter #2 – Major League Baseball in WWII; Nat’l Festival of the States in DC


On December 7, 1941, Bob Feller, one of Major League Baseballs best pitchers, was driving to Chicago to sign a new lucrative contract with the Cleveland Indians when the news of the Pearl Harbor attack came across the radio. He immediately decided to give up his new earnings and join the U.S. Navy, becoming the first professional athlete to enlist.

In a 2010 interview with the New York Times, Feller described his experience: I was 23 and strong-bodied, you bet, but with my father terminally ill back in Van Meter, Iowa, I was exempt from military service. It didn’t matter to me — I wanted to join the fight against Hitler and the Japanese. We were losing that war and most young men of my generation wanted to help push them back. People today don’t understand, but that’s the way we felt in those days. We wanted to join the fighting…It was one of the greatest experiences in my life. You can talk about teamwork on a baseball team, but I’ll tell you, it takes teamwork when you have 2,900 men stationed on the U.S.S. Alabama in the South Pacific.

This is just one of many inspiring stories of great athletes who turned in the success of their personal lives for the risk and sacrifice of serving their country.

Click on the video below to watch a brief tribute to Major League Baseball in World War II, courtesy of the American Veterans Center.

Major League Baseball in WWII Tribute Video

About D-Day 70 Concerts

2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion and Liberation of France from Nazi Germany during World War II.  On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the greatest military invasion in known history commenced on the northwestern shores of France, marking the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s tyrannical regime.

Music Celebrations International is pleased to present D-Day 70 Concerts, the formal production of musical performances to take place throughout 2014 in France and Washington, D.C. to memorialize this solemn anniversary, and to celebrate the many freedoms enjoyed by the world today – thanks to the men and women who served, fought and gave their lives during this pivotal moment in human history.

Music Celebrations is pleased to have the support of the American Veterans Center and recognition from local officials in Normandy and Paris. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts for music ensembles, several large scale musical productions will take place on D-Day and throughout the year.


The National Festival of the States is an annual concert series developed by Music Celebrations in various cities throughout the United States. These performance tours are supported by local government offices, community organizations, tourist boards, and the like. These performance tours are supported by local government offices, community organizations, tourist boards, and the like.

In 2014, the Washington, D.C. concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day, and will serve as a musical tribute to America’s Greatest Generation. Music ensembles that are invited will be recognized in Washington, D.C. for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will be featured in the most prestigious venues available with the greatest potential for audiences. Some notable opportunities will include performances for current and retired American veterans.

Participating choirs will represent their respective states and be recognized for their participation in this concert series. They will be featured in the most prestigious venues available with the greatest potential for audiences. Among many opportunities, choirs may be able to:

  • Perform at the National World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, or Jefferson Memorial.
  • Sing a concert or service participation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, National Presbyterian Church, Christ Church, Saint Patrick’s Church, and more.
  • Perform a community concert for Military Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.
  • Attend a rehearsal or performance of the U.S. Army Chorus, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters Chorus, U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Chorus, or U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants.
  • Sing at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center (by audition) or the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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