Atlanta VA Health Care System
Night of Nostalgia
The Platters, one of the most popular and successful groups of the Doo Wop era, rolled back the years to create a night of nostalgia for a festive crowd on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s, Ferst Center for the Performing Arts.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center and Help Hospitalized Veterans sponsored the free concert in tribute to Veterans and to encourage volunteerism at VA facilities. Ken Cook, Fox5 Chief Meteorologist, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
As the legendary group performed such hits as “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Only You” and “Harbor Lights” people young and old danced in the aisles and enjoyed the music that, according to one Veteran, “transcends generations.”
“Groups like the Platters strike a chord with people of all ages,” said Marcus Murphy, a Vietnam Veteran who attended the concert. Murphy, 65, added that oldies music bridges cultures unlike the songs of today. “This is the fun and uplifting music we grew up listening to, so tonight brings back fond memories for many of the Veterans here,” he said. Among those in attendance were teenagers, toddlers and adults. Each seemed to be having a great time.
Mary Lou Pittman, the Atlanta VAMC, Chief of Voluntary Services, thanked the Platters for putting on a wonderful show, but emphasized that such events would not be possible without the tremendous dedication and commitment of volunteers. “Our volunteers are essential to our success and I cannot thank them enough for their outstanding support.” For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, please call 404 728-7728.