Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,Iâ€”Pulaski) announced today that the 42nd Infantry Division Band will perform in Oswego on July 24.
â€œI am pleased the 42nd Infantry Division Band will appear throughout the Assembly District this summer. Their long tradition of Patriotic tunes and popular music selections will entertain audiences of all ages. Not only does the band help us to honor our militaryâ€”those who are active and the veterans of our communitiesâ€”but itâ€™s a fun concert which features many talented musicians,â€ said Barclay.
This band represents the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York Army National Guard. Itâ€™s known as the divisions â€œmusical ambassador.â€ With the onset of Americaâ€™s participation in the Second World War, the 42nd Infantry Division was reactivated. The band initially supported Bond Rallies and conjured support for the war. The 42nd Infantry Division landed in France in December 1944 and as part of the 7th Army, advanced through France and entered Germany in March of 1945. It was during the 42nd Divisionâ€™s rapid advance through Germany in April 1945 that they, along with the Guardâ€™s 45th Infantry Division, liberated the infamous Dachau concentration camp. Throughout the war the 42nd Band could be found playing for troops or joining with bands from Austria and France to play for citizens.
Division soldiers have responded to local needs during emergencies. Most recently, the 42nd Infantry Division Band was deployed for a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005. While deployed, soldiers provided music and entertainment for troops, musical support for soldier memorials, assisted the chaplain corp. with music, conducted Iraqi Military and Police graduations and supported security operations.
The band will perform at the Lake View Main Stage at Breitbeck Park on Saturday, July 24 at Harborfest in Oswego at 4 p.m.