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Jacksonville musician gives back: Wounded Warriors’ Holiday for Heroes

Rebecca Day performing at The Landing in Jacksonville.(Jacksonville, Fla.)—Rebecca Day will perform at Holiday for Heroes to benefit Wounded Warriors, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Latitude 30 in Jacksonville. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. and all proceeds will go to WW.

As her schedule permits, the Jacksonville-based songwriter-performer donates services to charities like Relay for Life as well as for individual fundraisers to help those in need. Day works fulltime as a self-employed musician performing at venues in the Southeast. Wounded Warriors is one of her favorite organizations, in part because she has a lot of personal experience with members of the military:

“I have a lot of respect for the military because several members of my family are in the military or have been. My grandfather fought in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart after being injured when he was stranded behind enemy lines. I always had great respect for him. My cousin is in the U.S. Marines and my family history is full of stories about ancestors and relatives who fought in different wars. I have friends who serve. And my dad served in the military too.”

Day, who is in her early 20s, said she recently attended a benefit for the military, and one speaker, a double amputee who had served in the Mideast, made an impact:

“I attended a concert not too long ago at the Old City Music Fest and it just happened that all the proceeds from that concert went to the Wounded Warrior project.

While I was there, in between performances, a veteran came on stage to speak about his personal experience with WW. It was an incredibly moving speech—there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Everyone was moved. After hearing what he had to say about the organization, I was even more thrilled to be invited to participate in Holiday for Heroes.”

Day thinks her generation, the young 20s crowd, has a great deal of respect for the military, in part because of the 2001 attacks.  

“After 9/11, I think we all appreciated the military more,” she said. “My generation at a young age got a look at what it means to defend our country. Throughout the years, with soldiers being in Iraq and Afghanistan—media is at our fingertips 24/7, so we get an intimate look at what is required of our military.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $30 in advance at Latitude 30 or at the event page online. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 the day of the event.  In addition to live music, the event will feature food, bowling, arcade games, and great raffle items and a silent auction.

To learn more about Day’s music, visit her blog featuring a number of links to related sites, or visit her professional pages at Rebecca Day Music.

Day said she’s so grateful for support from Jacksonville business owners and music lovers, it’s a blessing to be able to give back to her community by donating a performance to Holiday for Heroes.

(Release and Photo: Team Rebecca Day; Event flier from Wounded Warriors)

[Disclosure: Day is the daughter of TUSR editor Kay B. Day.]

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