SAWC Invited to Perform at 2017 Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dear Terrie, I wanted to send you a note this morning to express my deepest appreciation to you and the Southern Arizona Women's Choir for your participation in last June's D-Day Commemoration events. I also want to thank you for the DVD of your photos and wonderful music. Your DVD reminded me of the wonderful job your group did for us and our veterans last June. It is the reason for this message this morning. You may or may not know that I serve as the selection chair for all of America's National and International Commemoration events around the world. I am currently selection music ensembles for the 2017 Pearl Harbor Commemoration in Honolulu, HI this next December. I have need of a high quality mature choir to perform the National Anthem and several other important ceremonial music for the Pearl Harbor Ceremonies. I would like to extend an invitation to you and the Southern Arizona Women's Choir for these duties. In addition we will be dedicating a brand new model of the USS Arizona at next December's events. It's only fitting that a choir from Arizona fill this important ceremonial role. I have attached a draft itinerary and official application for you to consider. The application will provide you with the travel packages available and the associated costs. Highest regards, Earl -- Earl Hurrey MGySgt USMC (ret) Military & Veterans Liaison Selection Chair
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In The Footsteps of Heroes (DVD)  Join the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus on their epic journey to Normandy for the D-day wreath-laying ceremony and celebration. Produced by Robert Ashbaugh Digital Design & Imaging, Tucson, AZ. $22.50 (More details)

Invitation to Normandy

Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus


Dear Ms. Terrie Ashbaugh:


June 6, 1944; forever known as “D-Day”, marked the Allied invasion of German occupied France and the beginning of the Liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.


In June of 2016, seventy-two years later, the “D-Day Anniversary Parade” and “American Musical Salute” will commemorate WWII and 72 years of Liberation, while saluting America’s war veterans, and our active military men and women and their families. These officially recognized events will feature America's outstanding performing ensembles in an unforgettable and historic tribute.

On behalf of Historic Programs and the D-Day Parade Committee we congratulate the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus for your invitation as an official musical unit of the 2016 D-Day events and an official representative of The United States in Normandy France in June of 2016. Recently all military support for many national and international commemorative events has been eliminated making it necessary to find high quality civic music ensembles for these official events.  This invitation is based on a recommendation and your outstanding reputation.

The Parade will step off on the actual anniversary day, June 6, 2016 in the French village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops. Prior to the parade the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will be featured as part of the Musical Salute to Liberation attended by thousands of French and US citizens. In addition, Historic Programs will present two official public ceremonies, which will take place at the St. James American Cemetery on June 5th, and at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 7th. It is anticipated that the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will perform official music at both ceremonies and will join in a combined performance to memorialize all those who were laid to rest on the beaches of Normandy.

Congratulations on your invitation. We look forward to having your outstanding Chorus join us in Normandy June 2016.

Sincerely, Earl T Hurrey Earl Hurrey MGySgt USMC (ret) Military and Veterans Liaison Historic Programs


Normandy Awards

On the left is a plaque awarded to the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus in appreciation of the American Musical Salute presented to the citizens and visitors of Normandy and Paris in Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of WWII and in honor of our military veterans and their families. To the right is an award for The D-Day Memorial Parade Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy landings and the Liberation of Europe. We were actually there for the 72nd Anniversary but Plaques and Awards are made for every 5 years.

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