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    University of the Pacific Student Pays Tribute to Veterans

    Oct 21, 2010

    University of the Pacific student Petra Anderson defies the stereotype.

    Many believe today's youth are indifferent. They do not care about the world around them and have little interest in world affairs or veterans. Anderson, a junior at University of the Pacific, has proven this stereotype wrong. In her free time, she compiled a collection of stories and interviews about service men and women and their families into a musical performance.

    "Heroes' Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans" will be performed by volunteers, consisting of alumni and current students, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at University of the Pacific in Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Although admission is free, donations will gladly be accepted at the door and during the reception directly following the performance. The proceeds from the benefits concert will go to the Fisher House Foundation and Blue Star Families, two organizations that support military men, women and their families.

    "All of the money raised from this project will go to something near to my heart, two organizations that help veterans and families of veterans, in the valley," said Anderson. "I feel honored to be able to do something to help those who have done so much for me, I hope that others will feel the same way, and come support the veterans while watching a great show."

    Anderson, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, a national organization of women who can trace their lineage to a Patriot of the American Revolution, has been working hard for the last year to put together her musical tribute to all those who have served the United States. When putting the multi-media musical together she took into account the history of the music during the era, and used that along with her own ideas for the composition and orchestration of the pieces. The musical will be performed by seven Pacific students and graduates, accompanied by an 11 piece orchestra and lead by a student conductor.

    Pacific's library will also have an exhibit on display that will be up mid October through December. The exhibit will focus on the student research aspect of Anderson's project.

    Some of the content of the performance was adapted from a variety of sources listed below. This project would not have come together without them.

    • "Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words: Extraordinary Stories of Courage from World War II to Vietnam", by Larry Smith, copyright 2003 by Larry Smith, used with permission of the author.
    • "Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent", by Fred Burton, copyright 2008 by Fred Burton, used with permission of the author.
    • "Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and their Families", ed. Andrew Carroll, copyright 2008 by South Arts, used with permission of the contributors.
    • "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars", ed. Andrew Carroll, copyright 2002 by Andrew Carroll, used with permission of the editor.

    For more information contact Petra Anderson at p_anderson3@u.pacific.edu.