The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018. The performance will mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Each year, one band is chosen to represent the U.S. at the D-Day commemoration. The honor was historically reserved for official military bands, but in recent years has been assigned to university marching bands of distinction.
This is your opportunity to honor your military veteran during this event by one of the following programs:
“Pride of Niner Nation” American Flag Program
Let the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band help you honor your military veteran by placing two American flags in his or her memory. A small flag will be placed at the Johnson Band Center the day the group leaves for Normandy, France and a larger flag will be placed on the graves of American soldiers in the Normandy American Cemetery. A member of the band will also announce the name of your loved one while visiting the cemetery. The cost for the two flags is $49.
“Pride of Niner Nation” Sash Program
Let the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band help you honor your military veteran with a specially designed sash, which will include his or her name and branch of service*. A member of the band will proudly wear the sash at each performance while in France. The cost of the sash is $149. For those who purchase a sash, you and your family members will be presented with your ceremonial sash(es) during a Wind Ensemble performance at the University's Anne R. Belk Theater in the fall of 2018. For those unable to attend the patriotic performance and presentation of the sash in person, we will follow-up to determine where you wish to have the ceremonial sash mailed.
*To submit the name of the military veteran you wish to honor, please complete the 'in honor or in memory' section on the donation form.