9 D.A.Y.S.

9 Days of Appreciating Your Service came into existence as a way to raise awareness of the many issues our Veterans face as they rejoin society and reacclimate to civilian life.  Each day represents a year of captivity for Col. Floyd James “Jim” Thompson, Americas longest held prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Our inaugural 9 DAYS are centered around Tri-Cities Opera’s production of GLORY DENIED which is the musical dramatization of Col. Jim Thompson’s story.  In collaboration with many community partners we present 9DAYS in effort to bring greater awareness to the challenges faced by our Veterans and their families.

9 Days of Appreciating Your Service

Friday, November 3, 2017: FIRST FRIDAY
Veterans Art Show

WHAT: A showing of art by Veterans suffering from memory loss

WHERE: Gallery above Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, 186 State St. Binghamton


WHO: Christina Muscatello, The Memory Maker Project

Saturday, November 4, 2017: TOWN HALL & OPERA PREVIEW
Veterans Town Hall & Canteen

WHAT: Each Veteran on the docket is given ten minutes to share about their experiences.  The sharing session is followed by a community meal for attendees provided by ClearPath.

WHERE: American Legion Post 1645, 177 Robinson St., Binghamton

WHEN: Town Hall: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Canteen: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

WHO: Open to all



GLORY DENIED Opera Preview:

WHAT: Join the Tri-Cities Opera’s General & Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and GLORY DENIED composer Tom Cipullo as they unravel the story of Col. Floyd James “Jim” Thompson in this FREE opera preview with the cast and creative team.

WHERE: Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton St. Binghamton, NY

WHEN: 7:30PM

WHO: Tri-Cities Opera, Tom Cippullo, WSKG

Sunday, November 5, 2017: THANK-A-VET

WHAT: Today is the day we shout it from the rooftops.  Are you proud of a Veteran in your life? Spread the word.

WHERE: Your Social Media Accounts

WHEN: Today… but really all day every day

WHO: Everyone whose life has been touched by a Veteran… so EVERYONE

Monday, November 6, 2017: 9 FACTS
9 days 9 facts:

WHAT: Check out our facebook page as we share interesting facts about Veterans in our community.  Share the posts… raise awareness.

WHERE: Your Social Media Accounts

WHEN: All Day

WHO: Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, ClearPath, VetCenter,

Tuesday, November 7, 2017: GET OUT AND VOTE
Election Day:

WHAT: Make your voice heard.  Your candidate could be the difference in our country’s next decision to partake in combat.

WHERE: Your local polling place. Find it here: http://www.vote411.org/

WHEN: All Day

WHO: Everyone

Wednesday, November 8, 2017: LIONESS (TENTATIVE)
Movie: Lioness (TENTATIVE)

WHAT: “Lioness” is a 2008 documentary film directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers which chronicles the experiences of the first members of “Team Lioness”. This feature-length documentary tells the story of a group of Army servicewomen who went to Iraq as clerks, mechanics and engineers but ended up fighting alongside the Marines in some of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Reception to follow.

WHERE: VENUE TBD, Binghamton, NY

WHEN: 7- 9:30pm



WSKG BRoadcast of Opera Preview:

WHAT: WSKG Radio Broadcast of Opera Preview

WHERE: Your radio

WHEN: 1pm

WHO: WSKG, Tri-Cities Opera

Thursday, November 9, 2017: WSKG DOCUMENTARY
GLORY DENIED: A documentary

WHAT: WSKG Documentary on Glory Denied

WHERE: Your television


WHO: WSKG, Tri-Cities Opera

Friday, November 10, 2017: GLORY DENIED OPENING NIGHT
 Opening night:

WHAT: GLORY DENIED: The story of Col. Floyd James “Jim” Thompson, America’s longest held POW springs to life in this riveting opera by Tom Cipullo.  A brand-new, intimate production sheds light on Jim’s struggles as he returns from 9 years of captivity to a family and country he barely recognizes. Featuring a talk back with the performers after the performance.

WHERE: Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton St. Binghamton, NY

WHEN: 7:30pm

WHO: Tri-Cities Opera


WHAT: This performance of Tom Cippullo’s poignant opera includes Veteran Jeff Braaten in the role of “Old Jim”.  With counselors on hand and an opportunity to ask questions of Jeff and the cast after the show, this intimate event will create a safe space for Veterans to explore and experience this work.

WHERE: Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton St. Binghamton, NY

WHEN: 7:30pm

WHO: Tri-Cities Opera