Philly POPS Perform Memorial Concert for Military Vets, First Responders

The Philly POPS held the city's first ever Memorial Day concert at the Mann Music Center Saturday night, honoring the American tradition of service and celebrating those who serve. Free tickets to the event were given to 2,000 military vets, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. Additional tickets were also made available to all Philadelphia School District students and teachers as well as Boy and Girl Scouts.

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Joseph Kaczmarek
The Philly POPS held the city's first ever Memorial Day concert at the Mann Music Center Saturday night, honoring the American tradition of service and celebrating those who serve. Free tickets to the event were given to 2,000 military vets, police officers, firefighters and other first responders. Additional tickets were also made available to all Philadelphia School District students and teachers as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski conducts as Allison Blackwell sings during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Hugh Panaro sings during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Hugh Panaro sings during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Audience members enjoy the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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An audience member holds up the American Flag during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Service members in the audience stand during their military branch's song is played by the Philly POPS the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski conducts during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Hugh Panaro, left, and Allison Blackwell sing a duet during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski conducts as Allison Blackwell sings during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski conducts as Allison Blackwell sings during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Allison Blackwell sings during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Audience members enjoy the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski speaks during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
An Honor Guard takes the stage before the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Audience members stand during the National Anthem at the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
An Honor Guard takes the stage before the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
An Honor Guard takes the stage before the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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NBC10 meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz speaks to the audience prior to the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Audience members enjoy the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Frank Giordano, POPS CEO, speaks to the audience before the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Service members in the audience stand during their military branch's song is played by the Philly POPS the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Service members in the audience stand during their military branch's song is played by the Philly POPS the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
An Honor Guard presents the colors prior to the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Audience members dance during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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A member of the audience watches the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
Members of the Philly POPS perform during the Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph E. O'Neil Jr. salutes with his service dog Rocky at his side during the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Joseph Kaczmarek
NBC10 meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz speaks to the audience prior to the Philly POPS Memorial Salute, Saturday May 28, 2016, at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The concert honors the American tradition of service and celebrates all those who serve, with 2,000 complimentary tickets provided to veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, and their families. (For NBC10.com/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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