Patriotic Weekend waves way into Folklore Preserve | Local News Stories – Arizona News

Patriotic Weekend waves way into Folklore Preserve | Local News Stories – Arizona News

Old Glory will wave free and proud at the Arizona Folklore Preserve this Saturday and Sunday when Jean Prescott, an award-winning western singer/songwriter and daughter of a World War II veteran, performs with two outstanding local musicians, Michael Grande and Jon Messenger, who are also former Marines. But this won’t be a typical 4th of July musical performance.

There will be some sing-a-longs to “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” of course, but mostly this show will be about the personal stories of the performers, their families, and why they love America.

Prescott didn’t know much about her father’s military service until after his death, when the family discovered that he was a decorated veteran from the 101st Airborne Division, a member of the 506th, Company E, better known as “Easy Company” or the “Band of Brothers.” Inspired by learning her father’s story, Prescott wrote a song called “Doin’ What Was Right,” a tribute to the selflessness of the Greatest Generation who sacrificed so much for freedom. Jean released America Home Sweet Home in 2012, her first patriotic project. Calling it a labor of love, she wrote and co-wrote most of the songs on the album.

Grande and Messenger came from totally different worlds — Grande from Brooklyn, New York, and Messenger from right here in Arizona — but two common threads run through both their lives: love of country and love of music.

Grande proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a young man. As a staunch military supporter,…

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