BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - More than a dozen local veterans will be honored this Memorial Day weekend during a Tribute to the Troops multimedia event in Indian Lake, Long Lake and Tupper Lake.
The program, sponsored by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, will feature the screening of pre-recorded interviews with U.S. servicemen and women and a concert by singer-songwriter Peggy Lynn, accompanied by her husband, award-winning hammered dulcimer player Dan Duggan.
The Tribute to the Troops will be held throughout the Memorial Day weekend: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Indian Lake Theater; 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the Tupper Lake High School; and 4 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the Long Lake Town Hall.
"It's an important salute to the troops in the area, doing it in an artistic way, having them tell their own stories," said Erin Barton, managing director at the Arts Center.
The program is designed to pay tribute to veterans - men and women - who served in all branches of the U.S. military. In keeping with this theme, the official songs of all branches will be performed, and veterans of those branches will be asked to stand up and be recognized.
Meanwhile, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan are arranging and practicing their music.
One original song - "Dear Dad" - was inspired by a soldier's wife who wanted to send a musical Father's Day message from her three little boys to their father serving in Iraq. Once the song was complete, they all sang the song to Dad on Father's Day online - using the Skype video service. The couple now has four boys and a girl.
Pete Seeger's "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" will be on the playlist.
"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," written in 1967, was made famous because CBS initially refused to let Seeger perform it on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, deeming it as anti-establishment during the Vietnam War.