Photo by Shawn Nowlin
Dan Beckmann singing to an amused participant on stage.

Over 50 Veterans gathered last Saturday at the Salem American Legion Post. The reason? To enjoy an evening of comedy, personality and dancing, courtesy of Letters From Home.

Said Jerry Bryant, President of the Board of Directors, “The mission of Letters From Home is to travel the country, honoring our nation’s Veterans, active military heroes and their families by reviving patriotism through music.”

Dan Beckmann and Erinn Dearth have quite a history. Dearth started Letters From Home in 2010 at the recommendation of her late father Pat who was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Beckmann, a New York-based actor, was taking pictures of penguins in Antarctica when Dearth approached him and expressed an interest in him joining the team. His response was an emphatic “yes.”

Erinn Dearth, founder of Letters From Home

The two have since performed in theaters, VA hospitals, for air shows, cruise ships, schools, patriotic celebrations, military bases, VFWs, American Legions and countless other venues all over the country.

“We wanted to do something for the community of Salem and…

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