Sand Soldiers of America is proud to host “A Grateful Nation” Concert as we Honor and Recognize America’s Heroes. The purpose is to invite all who have sacrificed for our freedom, first responders and their families and have the community and its leaders come together to say THANK YOU. Sand Soldiers of America “Gives Veterans The Respect They Deserve” through community functions and events raising the level of patriotism. Bring an American Flag and raise it high.
Grateful Nation Features:
Nutin' Fancy is a band dedicated to recreating rhew classic 70's Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup and show!
This amazing band is led by magnetic front man Tommy Roxx, an incredible Ronnie Van Zant close, and the rockin' Nuthin' Fancy Guitar Army! You can't help but feel like it's 1974 all over again! This 10 piece show includes beautiful ladies as backup singers, sweet piano playing, and all the timeless Southern Rockin' Skynyrd hits and classics. This tribute act has played many Festivals including Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest at the best venues , and has played to thousands of fans all over Florida to Texas to South Carolina!
The 2014 Grateful Nation Night of Entertainment includes a performance by Ryan Weaver.
Ryan Weaver is a high energy, all-American, rockin' country music artist who proudly served as an active duty soldier (Black Hawk helicopter pilot) in the United States Army.
Ryan Weaver's life is an example of how dedication, discipline, focus, and perseverance can help one achieve greatness in the face of adversity. Ryan was adopted at 10 months of age by the Weaver family. He grew up living all over the state of Florida, one of eight siblings, and the youngest of three Weaver boys. Older brothers, Steven and Aaron, joined the Army and attended flight school. When his time came, Ryan followed in their boots. Three Weaver boys. Three Army Warrant Officers. Three helicopter pilots.
Ryan's brother Aaron died on January 8, 2004 when the Medivac Black Hawk helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq (ironically, Aaron survived the bloody battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, basis for the movie Black Hawk Down). At that time, Ryan was also deployed in Iraq as a Black Hawk pilot. On January 4, 2014, ten years later to the last day Ryan saw Aaron alive in Iraq, Ryan's family laid to rest his brother-in-law, Randy, who was also killed in action when a Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down by enemy fire on December 17, 2013 in Afghanistan.
Ryan's passion and drive is fueled by his brother's sacrifices serving as daily reminders that so much has been given so he may chase his dreams in this great country.
Ryan Weaver has opened for George Jones, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, and many more.
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of New Port Richey
Hosted by 105.5 WDUV and 102.5 The Bone
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