The opening of Rogers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC at ASU Gammage marked a special evening for veterans and active duty military when they were honored at the first-ever Heroes Night at ASU Gammage on January 10.
Veterans and active duty military were recognized during the evening when Executive Director for ASU Gammage Colleen Jennings-Roggensack welcomed several World War II veterans to the stage with the members of ASU Army ROTC Color Guard. The veterans included: Glenn Flinton, Dean Weekly, Lambert Modder, the oldest living African American from Pearl Harbor Nelson Mitchell, and Navajo Codetalkers Peter MacDonald and George Willie. Jennings-Roggensack also encouraged all the veterans in the audience to stand so they may be thanked for all the duties they performed for the United States by the audience and ASU Gammage.
The public was also asked to submit photos of veterans both living and deceased for the opening night of Heroes Night. These photos were displayed on the televisions in the lobby of ASU Gammage so that guests may see all those who have contributed to keeping this country safe. To view this slide show, please visit http://youtu.be/5I4GfqH-AZE.
Along with the Heroes Night, a few members from the cast of South Pacific also visited the veterans at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital January 12. Cast members met with the veterans and performed for them so to show their appreciation and to lift the veterans’ spirits.ASU Gammage appreciates those who have or are currently serving for the United States. Gammage supports veterans and military families in several ways with the Military Ticket Fund, Military Family First Nights, as well as supporting organizations such as Veteran's Upward Bound, Operation Homefront and many more. ASU also supports veterans with programs including the new Pat Tillman Veterans’ Center. These programs are sponsored by US Airways, The Arizona Lottery, The Broadway League, The Association of the United States Army's and Blue Star Moms.