To commemorate Veterans Day, schools, businesses and organizations throughout the city of Pine Bluff held events to honor those dedicated men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

To commemorate Veterans Day, schools, businesses and organizations throughout the city of Pine Bluff held events to honor those dedicated men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

The Pine Bluff Community Band held a Veterans Day concert Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave.

After a brief welcome and short prayer, an emotional playing of “Taps” from the trumpet of Richard Bailey could be heard from the back of the room. The Pine Bluff Community Band sounded sharp and in tune as they played the theme for each branch of the United States military. Each of the veterans in attendance stood proudly as their branch’s anthem was played.

The Pine Bluff Community Band, lead by director Jerry Williams, played a variety of classic American tunes such as, “The Star Spangled Banner”, “The Washington Post March”, and “Hands Across the Sea March”.

“This concert is our way of showing much appreciation to our military veterans and those currently serving,” Williams said. “We have much to be thankful for and a lot of it is due to the sacrifices of our men and women in the military.”

The Dixieland Combo played “Tiger Rag”, with the assistance of the Pine Bluff Community Band. The Dixieland Combo is comprised of present band members, Richard Bailey on trumpet, Mike Hood on tenor sax, Ross Johnson on clarinet, and Bill West on trombone.

The Pine Bluff Community Band then played several No. 1 smash hits from the 1980s, such as Van Halen’s “Jump”, Bonnie Tyler’s “Totally Eclipse of the Heart”, Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” and “Dream On” from Aerosmith.

The Pine Bluff Community Band is a volunteer group made up of musicians from the surrounding area.

Watson Chapel High School faculty and students took time out Friday to show their appreciation to veterans for their love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. A ceremony was held around the flag pole in front of the high school.

Trinity Village Retirement Community, 6400 Trinity Drive, celebrated Veterans Day with week-long activities that included speakers, a display of service flags, a display of Currin Nichol’s model planes and a program on Friday.

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Nicole Brown, Commercial Accent editor, and Bo Rogers contributed to this article.