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Release No: 060-00
February 10, 2000


Secretary of Defense and Mrs. William S. Cohen will host a special tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces at an evening performance on President's Day, Feb. 21, 2000, at 7 p.m. EST, at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.

The event, entitled "The Pentagon Pops," will feature noted author and historian Stephen Ambrose and NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw as masters of ceremonies, as well as a highly talented group of military musicians and vocalists from the elite Service bands. This year's theme is,"A Tribute to the Hero of the Century: the American GI and the Selfless Service of the Military Family." The performance will honor servicemembers who served all throughout the last century.

"The program celebrates those who left perhaps the most indelible mark on the 20th Century-American GIs," Cohen said. "We want to remember and honor the countless heroes who, supported by their families back home, literally changed the course of modern history, and recognize the servicemen and servicewomen who continue to bring peace and stability to the world today."

The evening also is scheduled to include appearances from celebrity entertainers, including contemporary Christian artist Phil Driscoll, country and western vocalist Shane Minor, and pop vocalist Ruth Pointer.

Appearing also will be the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Chorus and the U.S. Air Force country and western group "Silver Wings." The United States Marine Band will perform the musical prelude and postlude for the event.

A limited number of tickets is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis The ticket information line is (703) 692-7168. These tickets are offered at no cost.

Journalists who wish to cover this event may call Terry Mitchell at (703) 695-0169.

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