Last week, the Friar’s Club Foundation hosted its first ever Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family. Presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Lincoln Awards is the first event of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.
Honorees, members of the Friar’s Club, and a few of the concert’s headline performers kicked off the night’s celebrations with a pre-event on the red carpet.
“It’s such a honor to be here tonight,” said Grammy-nominated musician and singer-songwriter, Gavin DeGraw. “I’ll be singing a song called ‘Fire’ and a song called ‘Soldier,’ songs about having your group, your team, and what people who make great sacrifices are all about.”
The event will air on PBS in May 2015, which almost coincides with the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address. It was in this speech that Lincoln stated America’s commitment “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan” — words that laid the groundwork for The US Department of Veterans Affairs.