A Celebration for the Troops

March 31, 2012

On March 31, 2012, veterans who proudly served their country during the Vietnam conflict were honored for their service at the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Because of its history of producing elaborate celebrations, JHE Production Group was approached by the USO of North Carolina to help with this important one-day celebration for those veterans who never received a homecoming many years ago.

With very little time to prepare, JHE employees began organizing the event which featured live entertainment, displays and demonstrations, military salutes and much more.

While JHE is accustomed to setting up stages and festivals several times throughout the year, they are not use to an early start time for these events. Therefore, presented with the obstacle of an early festival start time, the team spent two days before the event preparing stages, coordinating sound checks and arranging the production for the day.

Dodging rain and other weather conditions, JHE employees were able to complete set up of two stages, as well as audio and video displays for the event, which featured parachute jumpers, a color guard band, veterans’ groups and a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Tasked with providing a seamless transition between bands, JHE set up two 32-by-24 foot stages side-by-side complete with full audio programming and backline services for the bands, and coordinated the stage rotation throughout the day.

Entertainment for the event included The Charlie Daniels Band, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics, and country singer Rockie Lynne. The 82nd Airborne Division “All American” Chorus, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., comprised of paratroopers from every brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division preformed, as well as the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. JHE also coordinated the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute demonstration  and the U.S. Air Force flyover.

In addition to the live entertainment, full production management, stage build, stage banners, audio, light, and visual, JHE also was tasked with accommodating assorted dignitaries throughout the day.

Vietnam Veterans, Charlotte Motor Speedway, USO
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