POSTED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 10:40pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 10:50pm
EL PASO — There's nothing like the sound of America at the piano. It will captivate a room....evoke a smile...summon a bittersweet memory. So it was today as Dr Bonnie Brooks, a retired UTEP professor, shared a special Veterans Day recital for the people who appreciate it most... members of the greatest generation.
A pinning ceremony here recognized veterans for what they have done...including deeds of bravery and violence they often choose not to talk about. Honored Veteran, the pin reads...a small gesture, but then what would be enough to say thank you?. Throughout it all the music was like therapy. Paul Lazovick sat on the front row. He was still a teenager when he fell wounded on a Navy rescue boat in the Pacific. The music brings it all back. After the recital, Mr Lazovick told Newschannel 9, "You see your mates killed. It can be very distressful to see men die when you try to help them."
Dr. Brooks nticed Paul Lazovick during the concert. "I saw the same man and he was in tears. That's sad in a way, but I hope he will remember better memories too, and thats what happens when we hear music thats so familiariar"