WAVERLY — The week of July 4th is always one of the most patriotic periods of the year — and local band Double Take will be taking part in the festivities on Friday.

Double Take will put on a concert for veterans at Elderwood in Waverly from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

The show, which is sponsored by the Sayre American Legion, is for the patients at Elderwood as well as all veterans in the area that can make the show.

“Being a fellow veteran, for me it’s very important because of the service I (gave) for my country and what the veterans’ associations are for,” said Richard Coleman of Double Take.

Coleman, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969, is happy to show appreciation to the men and women who keep America safe.

“If it wasn’t for the veterans serving, we’re not going to be here and you have to keep that in mind,” Coleman said.

Coleman has been playing with the other members of Double Take — Joe Lopreste, Larry Richards and U.S. Army veteran Austin Wallace — for nearly five decades.

“I’m 71 and I’ve been playing with these guys since I was 23 or 24. We were Down Under for many, many years and we were local celebrities with that,” Coleman said.

Double Take credits the Sayre Legion with helping them put on more than 10 concerts for veterans over the past few years.

“They’ve really given us an open book to go out and support veterans. As members of the armed services before, we are all for it,” Coleman said. “We do them at Elderwood, Sayre House and we did an outdoor concert for Waverly. We are also doing one at the Sayre House in September.”

Coleman, who noted the band always closes their shows with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” said this year’s message is trying to get veterans to reach out to each other and make sure they are doing OK.

“This year’s theme is to spread veterans’ awareness (and get people) to contact fellow veterans in case they might be in need,” Coleman said.

Pat McDonald can be reached at (570) 888-9643 ext. 228 or editor@morning-times.com. Follow Managing Editor Pat McDonald on Twitter @PatMcDonaldMT.

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