Ocean City’s Sons of the American Legion Sponsor Big Band Concert for Veterans at Wesley Manor

American LegionThe Buddy Gale Big Band played WWII favorites for the veteran residents at The Shores thanks to Ocean City’s Sons of the American Legion Squadron 524 and their Veterans Appreciation Project.

On Tuesday June 16, Ocean City’s Sons of the American Legion Squadron 524 brought the lively sound of big band music to the town hall room of The Shores. The Buddy Gale Band played hits of the era for residents and veterans, as part of the ongoing Veterans Appreciation Program. “This concert is just one part of a multi-faceted program we present on a regular basis at The Shores,” said Steve Koch, 2nd Vice Commander of the local squadron of the Sons of the American Legion.

“We also honor the service of resident veterans by providing birthday recognition, our Take-A-Vet-To Lunch Program, videotaped personal histories, and other socialization opportunities.” A generous grant from Ocean City’s Foster-Karney Foundation has made many of these activities possible. “Next up on the calendar will be the veterans’ appreciation outdoor barbecue, and then a World War ll lecture for the vets. Later there will be a veterans’ appreciation concert performed by the Cape May County String Band.

Our purpose is to facilitate community socialization opportunities as a way to say ‘Thank you for your service’.”