November 7 Concert Will Honor Military Past and Present: “Lest We Forget” Concert Honors the Military – reprinted from an October 29, 2009 article by Jane Lightborn from the Hastings Star Gazette
They served, and are serving our country. We must remember our military service people. Three friends – Chris Falteisek, Jodi Peine Husting and Maureen (Mo) McNeary Sieben -- are presenting a concert, “Lest We Forget,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St. The concert, sponsored by the Catholic Council of Women, is free and open to the community.
Doing a concert now was the right time for the three friends who have performed together in the past. Having it during Veterans Day week was even more appropriate – former Minn. Adj Gen./Hastings resident James Sieben; and Woodbury National Guard member Daniel Drevnick who died in Iraq this past summer, will be honored with special tributes. Drevnick was Falteisek's cousin.
Gen. Sieben was a Hastings High School graduate, served in the United States Army and was a decorated three-star general. He received the Silver Star for his combat duty. When he returned home, Sieben helped built the Minnesota National Guard into the strong unit it is today. He served in just about every capacity, eventually becoming the adjutant general. He died of cancer Nov. 9, 1998, and was buried Nov. 11, 1998 (Veterans Day).
Drevnick was 22 years old when he was killed while serving this country in Iraq. He was a specialist in the Minnesota Army National Guard. He died July 16 in a missile attack near Basra. He was a graduate of Woodbury High School and had 200 days of service remaining in Iraq. He then planned to return home to earn a degree in law enforcement. He has been a full-time student at Century College in White Bear Lake.
Mo and I had been talking about doing another concert together and Jodi wanted to be part of it too,” said Falteisek. “And with my cousin passing away, the time came together.”
This concert is all about familiar patriotic songs,” said Sieben. “They have a military background. We pay tribute to all members of the military – people who are important to us.
It is not just about the two people – it is about everyone who has served our country in the military,” said Sieben.
This concert will feature music through the ages,” she said. “It will honor our veterans.”
There will also be audience participation, Falteisek and Sieben said.
Concert music is tentatively planned to include the National Anthem Sung by Sieben) , “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Let There be Peace on Earth,” a patriotic medley of songs, the tributes to Sieben (by son Terry Sieben) and Drevnick, a blessing to the military present at the concert by the Rev. Allan Eilen. The Seton Children's Choir under Sieben's direction will sing, and Falteisek, Seton's director of music and liturgy will also play several selections. Husting will sing a solo. There will also be some instrumentalists to accompany the musical selections. Refreshments will served at the concert's conclusion.
Those attending are invited to bring items which will be sent to the troops overseas by the SEAS Military Support Group (see separate listing). Cash donations will be used to help pay for postage and shipping costs.
Items needed by our troops - these items can be brought to the concert Nov. 7
*Religious items – Bibles, pocket-sized catechism, prayer books, medals, prayer cards.
*Funds – Visa gift cards, Burger King coupons/gift certificates.
*Candy – Heat resistant candy, Twizzlers, gum.
*Correspondence – junior legal tablets, envelopes, pens.
*Dental – floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste (small sizes).
*Beverages – instant coffee, coffee creams, powdered drink mixes, instant cocoa, tea mixes or tea bags.
*Food – meals to go, peanuts or nuts, beef jerky, Pop Tarts, cereals (small boxes), granola bars, instant oatmeal, Spam, tuna kits, crackers or cookies (small packages), chips (small containers), ready made soups, stews.
*Toiletries –Baby wipes, Chapstick, cold water soap, eye drops, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner (small bottles), foot powder, hand lotion, throat drops, Tylenol (travel size).
*Paperbacks – mysteries.
*Games – Checkers and Chess (travel size), crossword puzzles, playing cards.
*Other – bug spray, prepaid phone cards, sweatbands, disposable cameras, flashlights (with batteries), plastic silverware.
Falteisek in Concert to Honor Military – reprinted from the November 5, 2009 Prescott Journal
On Saturday November 7, Chris Falteisek, Jodi Peine Husting & Maureen McNeary Sieben will be in concert at 7:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, MN.
The Concert “Lest We Forget” will honor our military past and present.
During the concert, which is sponsored by the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council of Catholic Women, a freewill offering will be taken for a Christmas mailing to our Military. The parish children's choir, along with other musicians will be a part of this patriotic celebration and sing-a-long.
Falteisek's cousin, Spc. Daniel Drevnick who died on July 16 in Basra, Iraq will be honored with a tribute as well as many others who have and are currently serving our country.
Refreshments will be served following the concert.