HERNDON, Va. (7News) — The Herndon High School marching band is preparing this week for a big performance. The Fairfax County students have been invited to perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during Veterans Day weekend as part of the National Parade of Heroes. The event pays tribute to World War I, World War II and, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans.
The Pride of Herndon will be performing "Amazing Grace" and "The Armed Forces Medley."
"We want the students to experience it and we want the veterans who are there to know how much we are grateful for their service to our country," said band director Kathleen Jacoby.
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This will be the first time the school takes part in a military event since 2019 when they were invited to travel to Normandy, France as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The high school band collected about $3,000 through fundraisers and community members to travel there.
The students say it will be a learning experience, and they're looking forward to the speeches from the veterans from Korea and Vietnam.
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"I'm really grateful that the Herndon community continues to support our students and our programs," said Jacoby.
A list of the full schedule can be found here.