Michelle Murray Headlines concert for First Annual RIDE for Able Forces – September 11th Event – Winchester, VA
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On September 10th 2011 Michelle Murray and crew departed Nashville for Winchester,Virginia to headline the first annual “Able Forces September 11th Event”. The concert and festivities took place at the Grove’s Winchester Harley Davidson Dealership and included a motorcycle rally, games, raffles, and food. Several acts took to the outdoor stage prior to Michelle’s performance, including the talented group Phoenix Drive based out of Atlanta, Georgia .
Guts & Glory Motorsports sponsored the two hour motorcycle ride through the scenic Shenandoah Valley. The most moving part of the day came with the playing of TAPS as we honored Specialist Douglas J. Green who was killed in action on September 10th 2011 and became the 737th name placed on Tim Wright’s Fallen Hero’s Wall.
When Michelle took the stage, she was joined by Grammy Nominated and SESAC Songwriter of the Year, Sam Tate. Sam played guitar during Michelle’s set. “It’s always a pleasure to be around Sam. He’s such a talented, passionate songwriter and I was thrilled to share the stage and sing his hits with him. He also was a fabulous host for this heartfelt day.” Michelle and her band then treated the crowd by accompanying Sam as the band played a few of Sam’s #1 hits including “If Your Going Through Hell” and “Moments”.
Several of Michelle’s family and friends attended the concert including Michelle’s aunt, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, nephews and some close friends. It certainly was an emotional and thankful weekend that reminded us of the sacrifice that so many have made. Michelle also honored her husband’s grandfather, Thomas J. Murray Sr., and wore his FDNY badge as a necklace to honor the sacrifice he made as a New York City Firefighter more than 60 years ago to lay down his life for someone else. He was just 41 years old. The concert ended with Michelle inviting Phoenix Drive back to the stage to perform a song Sam wrote as a tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Services called “Thanks To You”.
It was a truly memorable weekend filled with the emotions that only September 11th can bring. From honoring the sacrifice of those first responders at Ground Zero, to the hero’s that died in a field in Shanksville, PA , to the soldiers who have fought and died in the name of freedom for the decade since; September 11th will forever become the symbol of the resilience for our great nation.
The entire weekend was filmed by Sunrise Entertainment and is slated to become the premiere episode of Michelle’s reality TV series, “Long Road To Fame”.
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