United States Army veteran Rockie Lynne is scheduled to be the headline entertainer for the third annual Military Appreciation Day Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Minnesota State Fair. There will be two concerts, 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., at the Carousel Stage.
The first performance will take place immediately after the conclusion of the parade in honor of the Minnesota’s Vietnam veterans in conjunction with the Department of Defense’s 50th Commemorative Commission.
Lynne, a former Coon Rapids resident, was hand picked by the Minnesota National Guard for this performance slot at this year’s fair.
He first made a name for himself when he released his critically acclaimed self-titled debut CD on Universal Records and has made countless media appearances, including “Good Morning America,” Fox News Network’s “Fox And Friends” and ABC News, as well as 14 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
This year’s Military Appreciation Day will feature a special tribute to Vietnam veterans in conjunction with the official 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War.
Lynne was made an official “Commemorative Partner” last March in New York City during a formal ceremony led by Lt. Gen. Claude “Mick” Kicklighter from the Department of Defense’s 50th Commemorative Commission.
He was also previously one of the headline entertainers at the nation’s largest Vietnam veteran homecoming celebrations at Charlotte Motor Speedway (65,000 in attendance) and Lambeau Field (35,000 in attendance).
Lynne’s participation with the 50th commemorative effort and his nomination as a “Commemorative Partner” is due in large part to his original composition, “We Want To Thank You.”
He is the founder of a charitable organization its 10th year, Tribute To The Troops, which is now a national charity based in Minnesota, whose primary focus is bringing comfort and aid to of the families of fallen soldiers and to acknowledge them for having made such an honorable sacrifice.
The organization has raised over $250,000 for a college fund dedicated to providing educational support to the children who have lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan.