What do Grammy-nominated band,
SHeDAISY, a frequent-flying executive, and a
dedicated group of amateur performers all have in
It turns out they share more in common than one would
think. Although their stories are very
different, they share a common
faith, they have ties to Atlanta
and, most importantly, they all made an impact
recently in honoring the nation’s veterans.
to country, family, and faith
multi-platinum recording group, SHeDAISY shared the
stage with former
president, George Bush, in
in an annual Veterans Day celebration at the
headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company.
The Company has 900 employees who are
“We all feel so honored to be
invited to give tribute to those who have served and
continue to serve our great nation,” lead singer,
Kassidy Osborn stated
at the beginning of the program. “It
is an honor to entertain former President Bush, who
is a war hero in his own right.” SHeDAISY is also
popular with current President George W. Bush,
having performed for him on several occasions.
members Kassidy, Kelsi, and Kristyn Osborn
The group consists of Kelsi,
Kassidy, and Kristyn Osborn, originally from
14 years in
, and having sold a few million albums, the
harmonious trio has not forgotten its roots.
The three sisters are all
active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
They pray before each concert and serve in
various Church callings.
The short program at Coca-Cola
included a tribute to their grandfather, a veteran
who served in World War II.
The tribute was a tightly harmonious
arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a
favorite of their grandfather. At the end of the
number, Company employees gave the Osborn sisters a
needs to get home”
Steve Meadows, an executive in
was readying for a flight to
when he met a soldier trying to get home to see his
wife and baby. “His
baby was seven months old, and he’d been deployed
for the past nine months,” Meadows said.
“He was headed home for a two-week stay and
then would return to
The soldier was having trouble
getting home. He,
along with twenty-one other soldiers, was flying
a frequent traveler, went to the Delta Airlines gate
agent and asked that the soldier take his seat on
the plane. “I
simply told the agent, ‘He needs to get home.’ I
didn’t do anything that anyone else wouldn’t
have done. That
soldier needed to get home to see his family, so I
simply volunteered my seat.”
The gate agent initially
refused, because the flight would potentially be
late in leaving.
Meadows held his ground. “The agent made a
call to the Delta pilot, who was apprised of the
situation, and the pilot said, “Make it happen.”
“After I gave up my seat,
someone right behind me volunteered his as well.
Soon the pilot asked other passengers if
there were any others who were also willing to give
up their seats.
One by one the passengers volunteered their
22 soldiers were able to get on that flight home.”
Meadows recounted the story in church services on
Sunday in his Latter-day Saint congregation in
He continued, “I thanked the
soldier for his service, and told him to tell his
family how much we all appreciated his service.
I handed him my cell phone so he could call
soldier called his wife and said, ‘I don’t know
who this man is, but he just gave me his boarding
pass; I’ll be home in forty-five minutes.’ He
then thanked me and said, ‘Enjoy your
The simple act of kindness did
not go unnoticed.
Word reached CNN, who then interviewed
also had requests for an interview on one of the
national morning programs, but declined.
“I was just doing what I felt was the right
thing to do. I
didn’t expect or want any media attention,”
“That was the best local
church production I’ve ever seen,” was a common
statement following a tribute to veterans at The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’
church building in
November 7th and 8th.
The USO-type show highlighted
vintage Broadway music and patriotic numbers.
The performers, all members of the Roswell
Georgia Stake, practiced for months to make it an
extremely polished production.
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Reaching out to the community
to honor veterans was a key objective of the
Hughes, the show’s director, stated, “We can’t
ever do enough to thank our veterans.”
In addition to the production at the church,
the group is also visiting the VA hospital and local
Kerri Wall, a member of the
production stated, “We all had such a fun time and
felt privileged to be a part of this.
It was an honor to reach out to the community
in such a meaningful way.
One gentleman from the community, who saw the
show on Friday, came back the next day with all of
In addition to the show, a VIP
reception was held for city and state leaders, as
well as veterans
and public servants from the community.