Monday, July 26, 2010

The U.S. Army's Spirit of America

The U.S. Army’s Spirit of America is coming to Grand Rapids for the first time ever to pay tribute to the sacrifices and triumphs of the American Soldier. Grand Rapids will have the opportunity to celebrate the spirit, strength and history of our nation with more than 300 Soldiers from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

During the show, Soldiers in period uniforms reenact key moments in the U.S. Army and American history. The reenactments include battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire, and performances by the Army’s elite ceremonial units.

The show features the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army. Elements of The Old Guard include The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

This FREE, live-action, patriotic show is like no other as it tells the history of America through the eyes of the American Soldier. While the show is FREE, tickets are needed and can be obtained early by contacting Van Andel Arena. Show times are Friday, September 24th at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM, and Saturday, September 25th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

To obtain tickets:
-Fill out the ticket order form on and mail it in.
-Visit the Van Andel Arena Box Office in person between 10:00AM and 6:00PM
-Order through Ticketmaster for a nominal fee.
-Groups of 10 or more, please call 616-742-6366 to request tickets.
-For accessible seating, please call 616-742-6600.