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September 11, 2009

Merchants Square and CW present "To Support and Defend" with the USAF Heritage of America Band

Merchants Square and Colonial Williamsburg present “To Support and Defend” featuring the USAF Heritage of America Band in performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in a musical tribute to our nation’s founding document, the U.S. Constitution. Through powerful, moving music and spoken word, the framework of our nation’s government will be celebrated and honored on the anniversary of its adoption.

Special guest musicians from the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg and guest narrators Raymond Jones of WHRO and Colonial Williamsburg interpreter Ron Carnegie as George Washington also will be a part of this free outdoor event, held on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square, adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and arrive early for best viewing of this exciting event.

The Heritage of America Band has a long history of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military. Stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, the unit strives to inspire our men and women serving around the world and to tell the Air Force story through the power of music. Consisting of several musical ensembles, the Heritage of America Band performs for more than one million people throughout a six-state region from Pennsylvania to South Carolina each year.

This event is an opportunity to honor the Constitution and remember its importance in the governing of our country. For current information about the event, please check the Merchants Square Web site at and call the Merchants Square Events Hotline at 757-259-0209 for weather-related details about this outdoor event.

Merchants Square, an 18th-century-style retail village located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, has 42 fine shops and restaurants. Most retail stores open at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sunday. Individual store hours vary.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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