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U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran Herman Martinez plays the drums while on stage with Bradenton-based band Whiskey Blind. Martinez founded the Del Webb Association of Veterans and Military Supporters.

Rockin' concert honors vets

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran Herman Martinez plays the drums while on stage with Bradenton-based band Whiskey Blind. Martinez founded the Del Webb Association of Veterans and Military Supporters.

Del Webb's Ernie Durso is an Army veteran who served two years in the Vietnam War. He placed six pins on the map of Vietnam, which was designed for veterans of the war to show where they fought within the country.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Del Webb's Ernie Durso is an Army veteran who served two years in the Vietnam War. He placed six pins on the map of Vietnam, which was designed for veterans of the war to show where they fought within the country.

Army veteran Dave Daily, Navy veteran Graham Ellis, Army veteran Bob Moffitt and Air Force veteran Jerry Hufford were grateful for the Tribute to Heroes Concert.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Army veteran Dave Daily, Navy veteran Graham Ellis, Army veteran Bob Moffitt and Air Force veteran Jerry Hufford were grateful for the Tribute to Heroes Concert.

Lakewood Ranch residents Yardena Babcock and Chaplain Ron Babcock stand at attention during Whiskey Blind's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Ron Babcock served in the Navy during the Vietnam War for four years.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Lakewood Ranch residents Yardena Babcock and Chaplain Ron Babcock stand at attention during Whiskey Blind's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Ron Babcock served in the Navy during the Vietnam War for four years.

Army veteran Lenny DeRasmo served in an airborne unit during the Vietnam War.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Army veteran Lenny DeRasmo served in an airborne unit during the Vietnam War.

Graham Ellis, the post commander at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Braden River Post 12055, served 21 years in the Navy.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Graham Ellis, the post commander at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Braden River Post 12055, served 21 years in the Navy.

Riverwalk's Cherri Kessler and Hannah Degenaro sway to the song "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kessler's husband, Scott Kessler, served in the Navy.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Riverwalk's Cherri Kessler and Hannah Degenaro sway to the song "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kessler's husband, Scott Kessler, served in the Navy.

Summerfield's Julie and Wayne Seel stand at attention during the playing of God Bless America. Wayne said he came to support veterans because "they made America what it is today."

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Summerfield's Julie and Wayne Seel stand at attention during the playing of God Bless America. Wayne said he came to support veterans because "they made America what it is today."

Greenbrook's Mark Ulrich, Allison Ulrich, Brad Zabel, Sarah Zabel, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Vice President Carlene Smith, Greenbrook's Jeff Dowling and Susan Dowling lift their drinks to toast veterans.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Greenbrook's Mark Ulrich, Allison Ulrich, Brad Zabel, Sarah Zabel, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Vice President Carlene Smith, Greenbrook's Jeff Dowling and Susan Dowling lift their drinks to toast veterans.

Greenbrook's Evelyn Turner, Michelle Sampson, public relations director for Cool Today, one of the event's major sponsors, and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Vice President Carlene Smith. Turner's husband, Ron, is a veteran.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Greenbrook's Evelyn Turner, Michelle Sampson, public relations director for Cool Today, one of the event's major sponsors, and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Vice President Carlene Smith. Turner's husband, Ron, is a veteran.

Bradenton-based Whiskey Blind performs at the Tribute to Heroes Concert. The band played songs by The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Idol and more.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Bradenton-based Whiskey Blind performs at the Tribute to Heroes Concert. The band played songs by The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Idol and more.

Mary Hutchinson, Micah Adams and Deborah Houston are members of Sarasota-based band Blue Skye Pipes and Drums. They played a rendition of "Amazing Grace" earlier in the concert.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Mary Hutchinson, Micah Adams and Deborah Houston are members of Sarasota-based band Blue Skye Pipes and Drums. They played a rendition of "Amazing Grace" earlier in the concert.

Carol Hamlett sells veterans hats, American flag-themed merchandise and more. She was invited to the concert by Lakewood Ranch from Palmetto.

Monday, May 24, 2021 |

Carol Hamlett sells veterans hats, American flag-themed merchandise and more. She was invited to the concert by Lakewood Ranch from Palmetto.

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