WARSAW — A celebration and appreciation concert will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Wagon Wheel Theater following the Raymer family house dedication ceremony.
In November it was announced to U.S. Army SSG Justin Raymer that he and his family would be receiving a home in Warsaw thanks to Operation Finally Home, Builders Association of Kosciusko and Fulton Counties and R.W. Kidd Construction.
Raymer, who grew up in Warsaw, joined the Indiana National Guard in 2000 and was deployed to Iraq in 2002. He entered active duty with the Army in 2006, with assignments in Germany, South Korea and Fort Benning, Ga. He was combat-deployed two additional times. Raymer earned the Combat Infantryman badge and several other awards before being medically retired in June 2015.
This is the first house given to a veteran in Indiana through Operation Finally Home. According to Warsaw’s Mike Loher, the concert is a way to continue the celebration of the new home.
“We want to make this a big deal because it is,” said Loher, “Many individuals, businesses, donors and volunteers helped make this concert happen, with help from Wagon Wheel, Bishop Farms, Custom Rain Control and Parkview. We want to continue this celebration of the new home and show our appreciation to those who helped make it happen through this concert.”
Country music artist Jason Michael Carroll will be performing at the Sept. 14 concert. Carroll, a North Carolina native, was discovered at a local talent competition in 2004. He was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006 and released his debut album that year. The album produced hits such as “Alyssa Lies” and “Livin Our Love Song.”
Loher worked with Carroll in July of 2007 when Carroll was booked to perform at the Kosciusko County Fair. Loher said he was recently by Carroll’s agent. The agent informed Loher that Carroll would be doing a short acoustic tour the weekend of Sept. 16 and had an opening for Sept. 14.
Loher made some calls, and it was decided to create a celebration and appreciation concert at Wagon Wheel Theater following the dedication of the Raymer home.
“This is a perfect fit since JMC is a former Marine and is often involved with events that support our military,” said Loher.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the Operation Finally Home booth at the September First Friday event or they may be purchased at the Wagon Wheel. Tickets for the concert are $10. All tickets are general admission. Any veteran may attend the concert for free by simply picking up a ticket at the Wagon Wheel box office.