Tribute to the Troops set for 3 towns

"I'm kind of a pacifist at heart, but I do believe in honoring our military, and I appreciate the sacrifices they make," Lynn said.

Tribute to the Troops is personal for Lynn, whose late father, Charlie Hemans, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She also had three brothers serve in the military during the Vietnam War.

"I hope these songs evoke some emotion, some memories," she said.

Lynn - co-author of the book "Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks" - has written a special song for this program, honoring the women who have served in all wars and conflicts in American history. It is a parody of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and titled "Women also Served the Nation." Lynn works with Creative Healing Connections, a group that holds Women Veterans Retreats, and hears firsthand stories about the sacrifices they have made.

"I know how much these women appreciate being recognized for their commitment," Lynn said.

Lynn will also sing "Let Them In," a song written and recorded by Pennsylvania folksinger John Gorka. In a YouTube performance, Gorka said the song came to him as a poem from a friend whose mom was a nurse at a military hospital in the Phillipines during World War II. The poem's author is unknown.

In the song, the singer asks St. Peter to let the dead soldiers into Heaven and sings the refrain, "God knows how young they were, to have to die."

The Tribute to the Troops programs are open to the public. The cost is $10 general admission and free to veterans.

Video tribute

Alex Roalsvig, tourism director for the Town of Long Lake Department of Parks and Recreation, conducted all 19 of the video interviews, 18 men and one woman. She visited the homes of six veterans in Long Lake, videotaped three vets at the American Legion Parker-Benton Post 1392 in Indian Lake, and worked with Beth Johnson to speak with 10 veterans in Tupper Lake. These particular veterans served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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