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Church to celebrate Veterans Day at opera house

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Updated: November 25, 2013 12:45PM



Its name seems to be appropriate — “first.”

The First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso will be first in offering a Veterans Day celebration at the Memorial Opera House. Along with the Hobart High School band, the church’s music ministries will present their sixth annual patriotic celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to honor all those who have served, or are serving in, the nation’s armed forces.

There is no cost, but a free will offering will be divided between the band and music ministries. Please call 464-4985 on Mondays or Wednesdays for more information.

The church will also be first in hosting the Valparaiso Theatrical Company’s performance of “Specter of Treason — the Oswald Trial.”

It is almost surprising to realize that this is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The horror of that day for any of us who were glued to our radios or TV sets will never totally disappear.

And the shock of having Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin, shot and killed by Jack Ruby robbed our country of having Oswald reveal the reason for his heinous act. Was he a hired gun? Did he act alone? Was he insane? Was he full of hate? Was Jack Ruby sent to make sure he never talked?

The theatrical group is giving us the opportunity to render the final verdict on Oswald’s guilt with the production of J.E. Ballantyne’s play. There are over 50 actors involved, and the audience will serve as the jury in this play with four different endings, depending on the verdict of the “jury.”

Steve Zana and Craig Kozora are the directors for this unique experience commemorating this historic event that brought this nation to its knees. The play is family friendly for teenagers, and it will definitely be a moment in history for them — all of us — to “be there” when our president is shot.

The volunteer cast represents all of Northwest Indiana, and they have been rehearsing for this unparalleled drama for months. Tickets are only $10, with $6 of every ticket donated back to benefit others.

Each performance, a different group will be designated to receive the donations from that night, including 500 Turkeys, Coats for Kids and Sacred Transformation, which converts scars from burns into smoother skin through tattoos.

There are some “specials,” as well. Performances on Nov. 14 and 21 will be only $5 for students, and on Nov. 22, there will be a historical discussion after the play when hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served.

Show times are 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sundays) Nov. 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24. The church is located at 3401 Valparaiso St., where the performances will take place. Don’t miss this most meaningful historical event! For more information, please call 309-6794, or go to valparaisotheatricalcompany. org.

Just a reminder: Halloween is just around the corner, and there will be lots of little ghosts and goblins running helter skelter on the nights their town has trick-or-treating, so please be very aware and extra cautious when you are driving so that they all get back home safely to dig into those delicious treat bags.

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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