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LibertyFest band concert emotes patriotism

June 27, 2014

By Mark Schlachtenhaufen, The Edmond Sun, Okla.



June 27--EDMOND -- Emilio Urena, USAF, capped off a big day by emceeing Thursday evening's LibertyFest "Concert in the Park."

Earlier in the day, the crewmember on Tinker-based AWACS who for the past few years has been mission commander for MC-12s in Afghanistan in support of Army troops on the ground, learned about a big surprise, said Brian Lamb, conductor of the UCO Summer Band.

Lamb said Urena is "really a hero," but the cool thing is he is being promoted from major to lieutenant colonel and he will be transferred to Washington, D.C., where he will fly VIPs including presidents and vice presidents around.

During the concert, Urena and his daughter Jasmine announced the different branches of the armed forces during a medley titled "Armed Forces -- The Pride of America!" Other songs in the program included "A Festival Prelude," "The Gallant Seventh," "Concord" and "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody."

Other LibertyFest favorites include A Taste of Edmond, which will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m.June 29 at the downtown Festival Market Place and the 45th Annual LibertyFest Rodeo this Saturday and Sunday at Carl Benne Arena, 300 N. Kelly. The rodeo starts at 8 p.m. each evening.

The 24th annual KiteFest will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the west side of Mitch Park. A Lighted Night Flight (weather permitting) will be after sunset Saturday evening. Enter from Santa Fe north of Covell. Public invited to bring and fly a kite or just watch the kite flying. Kite making classes will be available for younger children.

The parade, which will begin at 9 a.m.July 4 in the downtown area, ParkFest at UCO, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.July 4.

The grand finale is the fireworks display, which begins at 10 p.m.July 4 on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Organizers say it's the largest display in the metro area.

For more information, visit the LibertyFest website at www.libertyfest.org.

marks@edmondsun.com -- 341-2121, ext. 108

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Source: Edmond Sun (OK)