Friday, July 29, 2016

Tribute to Veterans to Take Place at Knoebels Hawaiian Bandshell on Saturday

On Saturday, July 30, the popular Mahoney Brothers 6:00 p.m. show at Knoebels Amusement Resort will include a special feature. The conclusion of the Jukebox Heroes performance at the Hawaiian Bandshell will pay tribute to America’s veterans, including a 99-year-old World War II veteran.

Local veterans ranging from ages 30 to 99, and from every branch of the service, will present their flag during their military theme song. Veterans attending this show are encouraged to wear something that identifies the branch of service in which they served.

The finale will feature 99-year-old Lt. Col. Joe Diblin, who served in the Army Air Corps training pilots to fly the four-engine B-52 bomber. He will carry the American Flag to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”

According to event organizer Joe Cesari, the event will coincide with Lt. Col. Diblin’s desire to ensure we continue to remember our U.S. military members.

“’Lt. Col. Diblin’s two brothers were killed in action during the Second World War,” said Cesari. “His commitment to honoring the sacrifices made by military members through his writings and involvement in events like this amazes me.”

At Knoebels, as a way of saying thank you to our military, active duty and reservists are able to redeem $40.00 in ride tickets, and retired and veterans can redeem a $20 book of ride tickets for free once per season. In addition, this season on Armed Forces Day, servicemen and women were able to redeem a free pay-one-price plan. For more information, visit