As Independence Day approaches, it's time for First Baptist Church's 11th annual salute to armed forces members and veterans.

Patti Drennan, FBC minister of music and worship arts, said the celebration will be 6 p.m. Sunday in the FBC worship center. An outdoor cookout will follow the concert.

"It's a full evening and tribute to the armed forces," she said.

Drennan said the church has arranged a treat for the audience. Brig. Gen. Myles Deering, commander of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, e-mailed photographs from Iraq that will be assembled into a slide show.

"We will speak with him live from Baghdad," Drennan said.

Drennan said FBC's 90-piece choir and orchestra plus the children's choir will perform a medley of service songs. Soloist Emily Drennan and Joseph Martin, a prolific composer and pianist also will be featured.

She said admission is free, but donations will be used to support the Cookie Brigade, an organization that sends homemade cookies to soldiers deployed overseas.

Also Sunday, all veterans in the audience will be recognized for their military service.

Meghan McCormick 366-3539 mmccormick@normantranscript.com

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