Oak Park Arms

Veterans Day Musical Tribute

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Oak Park Arms

The Oak Park Arms will present a Veteran’s Day salute at 1 p.m. Friday, November 11, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Avenue. Roger Kotecki will perform a musical salute about the American Civil War and both World Wars. This event is free and open to the public.

Kotecki is a storyteller, musician and historian. For the past decade, he has told the history of the Civil War, WWI and WWII through music. In addition to performing songs significant to these wars, he educates the audience with the history of the melodies and lyrics that have given a strong sense of poetry and eloquence of these critical times in history.

Music has always been part of Kotecki’s life. He began as a student of classical piano, and his musical background has since expanded to include rock bands and experience as a church keyboardist.

Kotecki has a direct familial link to the Civil War. His great grandfather served with the 82nd Indiana Infantry as part of the army that took Chattanooga, Atlanta and then marched to the sea with General Sherman. This sparked his interest in the music of the Civil War.

In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11th as Armistice Day in order to honor the soldiers of World War I which at the time, people believed it was the last war. As more wars occurred, however, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day so all veterans would be included.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

Again, the event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.