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Celebrate the 4th with a 'Salute to the Troops'

Jun 28, 2017 08:49AM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello

Capturing the patriotic spirit of the weekend, the City of Manhattan Beach will hold its third annual Salute to the Troops picnic and concert on Sunday, July 2 at Polliwog Park.

The event, to be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., is the city's way of honoring and thanking the military service and sacrifice of the South Bay men and women in uniform and their families who have served their country.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, blanket, and/or beach chairs. The city will serve cake to honor the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.
The first 500 veterans and active duty military will receive a free Salute to the Troops Challenge Coin.

The musical guest will be the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast. The band, which traces its roots back to 1941, is
composed of citizen-airmen who have both music and traditional careers. Under the command of Major Vu Nguyen, band members meet two days a month to rehearse and perform. They also participate in an annual two-week summer tour, during which they function as an active-duty band, rehearsing, traveling, and performing.

Participants are invited to share photos on social media using the hashtag #MBSalute.

The event is the first concert in the annual Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts presented by OneWest Bank. Held on Sunday nights at Polliwog Park, it runs from the first weekend of July through the first weekend in September. The performances are free to the public.

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