Military Concert Will Mark Pearl Harbor Day at U.Va.

December 1, 2009 — The 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor will be observed Monday with a military concert on the north plaza of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

The concert, which is to start at 6 p.m., will feature the Pipe and Drum Corps from Virginia Military Institute and the Fife and Drum Corps from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The performance will last about 30 minutes.

The U.Va.-based Critical Incident Analysis Group is hosting the concert. Located within the School of Medicine, the group is an international, interdisciplinary and interprofessional group of scholars and practitioners who work to understand the impact of critical incidents on people, communities and social structures.

"In our country's history, there have been only a few events that have been so galvanizing that the date alone is symbolic," Dr. Gregory Saathoff, executive director, said. "Although Sept. 11, 2001, is our most recent example, Dec. 7, 1941, was another such date that served as both a searing trauma and a daunting challenge."

The event, he said, emphasizes the role that citizens, communities, governments and private sector organizations perform in building a more resilient nation. Additionally, it will express appreciation for those who have served in uniform.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom at 6:10 p.m. The public will be admitted starting at 6:05 p.m.

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