The Waiting Room in Benson was packed Sunday night after giving away at least a hundred tickets to veterans. The night's bill included a chart-topping artist and a couple with a unique tie to jazz.
Vicky Poole planned the night's surprise for her husband Albert for the last month, buying tickets in secret for the show featuring chart-topping artist Julian Vaughn.
"She's pretty good at hiding stuff, so I had no clue," Albert said.
Albert served in the Army and Sunday night's show was a special tribute to the millions like him. But for the Pooles, it was something else too. The night was a celebration for their wedding anniversary.
Julian Vaughn has family who served.
"My grandfather was a veteran, so I have much appreciation for all the vets out there," Vaughn said.
But he never thought he'd make an impact on the people who protect the country.
"One show I did on the east coast, a veteran came up to me and he was missing an arm and part of his face," Vaughn said. "My music really helped him through some situations and I couldn't believe it. I didn't even know what to say. This day and honoring veterans--it holds a special place in my heart."
A show like tonight drives Vaughn to perform at his best.
"I want them to be wowed, I want them to never forget this moment, never forget the music, never forget how they felt on this night," Vaughn said.