More than 300 active duty Soldiers from The U.S. Army Band 'Pershing's Own' and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will fill Colonial Life Arena on September 21 and 22 for Spirit of America - a historically educational and free show that is hitting only two cities this year, one of which is Columbia, SC.


Performed in the tradition of both a military review and a large-scale theatrical production, Spirit of America presents United States history and American musical heritage. Soldiers in period uniforms reenact key moments from the Revolutionary War to current operations. These reenactments feature a unique perspective of American history -- that of the citizen Soldier.

Spirit of America 2010- Grand Rapids, Mich.

The show includes battle scenes, short periods of simulated gunfire, and performances by the Army's elite ceremonial units. The show features the U.S. Army Band 'Pershing's Own' and Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army. Elements of The Old Guard include the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.


Celebrating the spirit, strength and history of the nation with a unique combination of stirring music, historical narration and live action dramatization, Spirit of America is the true story of men and women who have left friends and families behind to protect and defend the United States of America.

Performances are September 21 at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm and September 22 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Though performances are free, a ticket is required. View ticketing information. For more information visit www.soa.mdw.army.mil or www.spiritofamerica.net.

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