Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cowboy Troy plus two other groups will give a Benefit Concert in Atlanta ga to raise funds for the 173d Airborne Brigade Foundation

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On Saturday October 7th 2006, Big @ Rich, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cowboy Troy plus two other groups will give a Benefit Concert in Atlanta GA to raise funds for the 173d Airborne Brigade Foundation.  The 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation is a separate entity from the 173d Airborne Brigade Association and has it’s own Board of Directors not responsible to report to the Association. 


Big & Rich, The 173d Memorial Foundation Board of Directors along with myself are trying to get as many 8 November Vets, 173d Vets and active duty “Sky Soldiers” and Gold Star Families to attend this concert as humanly possible.  This is a benefit Concert so everyone will have to buy their own tickets.  We are looking into a host hotel for this event and I will pass it on to everyone as soon as arrangements are made. 


Tickets are reasonably priced and can be purchased through Ticket Master.

If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the $1,000.00 Concert Tickets please contact Col. Kenneth Smith ASAP.  home: 252-478-9359, cell: 252-314-6872

The $1,000.00 tickets are tax deductible if bought through the Foundation.


For updated and additional information, along with when tickets go on sale, go to The 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation Web site:


We have been waiting Forty Years for this kind of recognition for our fallen brothers and ourselves.  None of us are getting any younger!

This is the ideal time for all of us from that day so many years ago, get together again.


If you cannot attend please entertain the idea of going to the 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation web site and fill out a pledge form to support the fund raising for our memorial. 


I hope to see many of you at the concert.


Airborne All the Way!!

Craig Ford

C Company, 1/503rd, 173d Abn Bde (Sep)


Below is a news release on the event. 

August 21, 2006 - (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) - Recent Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd and hot country duo Big & Rich will team up with KICKS 101.5 and the Eagle 106.7 at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 6:00PM (doors at 4:00PM), for a fundraising concert that will include performances by John Anderson, Cowboy Troy, The Lost Trailers and others.

All profits from the show will go to the building fund for the 173d Airborne Brigade National Memorial to be built at the new National Infantry Museum campus in Ft. Benning, Georgia. The goal is to raise $500,000 in one day. Tickets are available through for pre-sale, Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 10:00AM et and to the general public, Friday, August 25, 2006 at 10:00AM et. Prices range from $15 lawn tickets to $1000 VIP packages that included premium seating an autographed guitar and a private event with the artists. (tickets available for $15, $30, $45, $60, $150 & $1000)

“They have waited long enough,” stated John Rich of Big & Rich. “We’re just glad we are in a position to help these guys out,” chimed in his partner Big Kenny. “These guys have put their lives on the line and over 1700 members of the 173d have lost their lives serving this country. When we heard that they expected it to take 3 – 5 years of a capital fundraising campaign to build a memorial to these guys we decided we had to find a way to raise the money in one day. Then the guys in Skynyrd heard about it and we decided we’d jump in on their scheduled concert down there and now it’s growing everyday. We look forward to an amazing show down there,” continued Rich.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd is honored to be part of this event,” said Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd. “It’s the least we can do to help build a memorial for the 173d Airborne who have lost so many and helped protect this country.  We look forward to sharing the stage with Big & Rich and playing for one of our favorite towns - Atlanta, GA.  It’s been too long!”

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