LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)--Louisville takes center stage Tuesday in a first of a kind event thanking United States military volunteers and their families.
One invited VIP, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, has canceled plans to attend in person. The White House announced the schedule change late Monday night. A schedule notice said her travel to Louisville "has been canceled."
Ky. National Guard spokesman David Altom told WDRB News the concert will continue as scheduled. He described Biden's appearance as "a late add-on" to the event.
"It was a scheduling conflict, and we got bumped," said another spokesman, Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht.
The KFC YUM Center is all decked out and ready for the big show. But instead of the Cardinals, on Tuesday, the Center will play host to the U-S-O and National Guard Homefront Concert featuring Montgomery Gentry. "This is the first time and I am very excited," says Deborah Evans, State Family Program Director for the Texas Army National Guard and wife of a serviceman.
Evans she it feels good to be appreciated. "We really appreciate that, the people that I work with, the family members really appreciate the thank you."
Several thousand people attending the national volunteer workshop will attend the concert. The USO's focus is typically on entertaining the troops. So this is the first time the focus has been on the people left at home.
"This is why we're calling this the homefront concert; it's the first one ever, it's a historic event," says Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, Kentucky Adjutant General.
And that support is needed; Deborah Evans says staying home isn't always the easiest job. "It's more difficult to maintain the family and go to work and to you know support your spouse while they're away for the deployment."
The concert will also air live on the Pentagon Channel. The signal is available online and through Direct TV.