A Hero’s Concert: Laughs, tears, music & dancing at tribute to veterans


Joe Diffie gave a spirited concert of his many hits as the featured performer.

Joe Diffie gave a spirited concert of his many hits as the featured performer.


Jared Ashley, the founder of Flight Deck Veterans Group, and his band rocked the Murphy.


Jason Michael Carroll, who had performed for the veterans earlier in the week, made a surprise appearance Saturday night.


Veterans and audience members danced as Jason Michael Carroll sang.


The Nashville singer/songwriters who opened the evening later joined musician and former Navy veteran Jared Ashley for an impromptu sing-along. The group included Rick Tiger, Galen Griffin, Sal Gonzalez, Daniel Dean, and Tyler Jay.


The performers did a great job or compelling the audience to get up and dance at Saturday night’s Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert at the Murphy Theatre.


Audience members of all ages were up on their feet.


Jared Ashley interacts with the audience.


Joe Diffie performed his many #1 country hits.


The young ushers in the balcony show their enthusiasm.


Members of Wilmington Veterans Post 49 marched in with the colors to begin the evening.


Cherrybend Farms’ co-owner Beth Ellis capped off the busy week helping to make sure things went smoothly Saturday night.


Dancing in the aisles and in front of the stage was the norm Saturday night.


Veterans and others enjoy the concert.


Joe Diffie gets the crowd involved.


The crown enjoyed each other’s company in the theater as well as in the front lobby of the Murphy.


Joe Diffie gave a spirited concert of his many hits as the featured performer.

Jared Ashley, the founder of Flight Deck Veterans Group, and his band rocked the Murphy.

Jason Michael Carroll, who had performed for the veterans earlier in the week, made a surprise appearance Saturday night.

Veterans and audience members danced as Jason Michael Carroll sang.

The Nashville singer/songwriters who opened the evening later joined musician and former Navy veteran Jared Ashley for an impromptu sing-along. The group included Rick Tiger, Galen Griffin, Sal Gonzalez, Daniel Dean, and Tyler Jay.

The performers did a great job or compelling the audience to get up and dance at Saturday night’s Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert at the Murphy Theatre.

Audience members of all ages were up on their feet.

Jared Ashley interacts with the audience.

Joe Diffie performed his many #1 country hits.

The young ushers in the balcony show their enthusiasm.

Members of Wilmington Veterans Post 49 marched in with the colors to begin the evening.

Cherrybend Farms’ co-owner Beth Ellis capped off the busy week helping to make sure things went smoothly Saturday night.

Dancing in the aisles and in front of the stage was the norm Saturday night.

Veterans and others enjoy the concert.

Joe Diffie gets the crowd involved.

The crown enjoyed each other’s company in the theater as well as in the front lobby of the Murphy.

Joe Diffie gave a spirited concert of his many hits as the featured performer.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0076-1.jpgJoe Diffie gave a spirited concert of his many hits as the featured performer.

Jared Ashley, the founder of Flight Deck Veterans Group, and his band rocked the Murphy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0033-1.jpgJared Ashley, the founder of Flight Deck Veterans Group, and his band rocked the Murphy.

Jason Michael Carroll, who had performed for the veterans earlier in the week, made a surprise appearance Saturday night.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0037-1.jpgJason Michael Carroll, who had performed for the veterans earlier in the week, made a surprise appearance Saturday night.

Veterans and audience members danced as Jason Michael Carroll sang.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0040-1.jpgVeterans and audience members danced as Jason Michael Carroll sang.

The Nashville singer/songwriters who opened the evening later joined musician and former Navy veteran Jared Ashley for an impromptu sing-along. The group included Rick Tiger, Galen Griffin, Sal Gonzalez, Daniel Dean, and Tyler Jay.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0045-3.jpgThe Nashville singer/songwriters who opened the evening later joined musician and former Navy veteran Jared Ashley for an impromptu sing-along. The group included Rick Tiger, Galen Griffin, Sal Gonzalez, Daniel Dean, and Tyler Jay.

The performers did a great job or compelling the audience to get up and dance at Saturday night’s Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert at the Murphy Theatre.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0051-1.jpgThe performers did a great job or compelling the audience to get up and dance at Saturday night’s Operation Cherrybend: A Hero’s Concert at the Murphy Theatre.

Audience members of all ages were up on their feet.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0055-1.jpgAudience members of all ages were up on their feet.

Jared Ashley interacts with the audience.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0059-1.jpgJared Ashley interacts with the audience.

Joe Diffie performed his many #1 country hits.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0075-1.jpgJoe Diffie performed his many #1 country hits.

The young ushers in the balcony show their enthusiasm.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0010-1.jpgThe young ushers in the balcony show their enthusiasm.

Members of Wilmington Veterans Post 49 marched in with the colors to begin the evening.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0013-1.jpgMembers of Wilmington Veterans Post 49 marched in with the colors to begin the evening.

Cherrybend Farms’ co-owner Beth Ellis capped off the busy week helping to make sure things went smoothly Saturday night.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0015-1.jpgCherrybend Farms’ co-owner Beth Ellis capped off the busy week helping to make sure things went smoothly Saturday night.

Dancing in the aisles and in front of the stage was the norm Saturday night.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0049-3.jpgDancing in the aisles and in front of the stage was the norm Saturday night.

Veterans and others enjoy the concert.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0062-1.jpgVeterans and others enjoy the concert.

Joe Diffie gets the crowd involved.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0077-1.jpgJoe Diffie gets the crowd involved.

The crown enjoyed each other’s company in the theater as well as in the front lobby of the Murphy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/09/web1_DSC_0012-1.jpgThe crown enjoyed each other’s company in the theater as well as in the front lobby of the Murphy.