A rock band competing on the national stage made a pit-stop in central Iowa Thursday to play a free concert.
They're raising money so a group of Iowa veterans has the chance to go see the monuments in Washington D.C.built in their honor.
The rumble of motorcycles was replaced with the sound of guitars today at Zylstra Harley Davidson in Ames.
The group ‘American Hitmen’ is currently competing on ‘America's Got Talent’ on NBC.
They formed just a few years ago while serving overseas in the Marine Corps.
“We brought acoustic guitars out to Iraq and we would just jam whenever we would get a chance for everybody and that`s basically where the band started was in Fallujah, Iraq,” says band member Dan Cord.
Since then the group has gained national recognition and a national following.
Even with an increasingly busy schedule, they always find the time to honor America’s veterans
“They support the military obviously because not only did they serve but they have brothers and sisters who served so they appreciate what we’re doing we`re doing something for other fellow veterans and it`s a big deal for them too,” says Luke Jensen with the Story County Freedom Flight.
The Story County Freedom Flight is in need of donations to get the next group of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans to Washington D.C. to see the monuments.
Once the band heard, they wanted to help.
“It`s a really good cause in that some of those guys need the closure and also to go show their support and see that the nation does support them and they probably didn`t get that enough when they came back,” says Cord.
After playing a couple of Iowa concerts to raise money for the freedom flight, the band will be back on the national stage, hoping America likes their music as much as Iowans.
“We think we represent ‘America`s Got Talent’ in a way, we ride motorcycles, we play rock and roll, we`re Marine Corps Combat Veterans, and I think we strike a chord in a lot of people because it`s just very simple American culture that`s all there is too it,” says Cord.
The Story County Freedom Flight is still about $20,000 short of their goal for October’s flight to Washington D.C. To donate visit, StoryCountyFreedomFlight.org
You can catch ‘American Hitmen’ on ‘America's Got Talent’ at 8:00 Tuesday evening right here on Channel 13.