The CW television network brought a little bit of Hollywood to New River Air Station Friday night.
The show “One Tree Hill,” which films in Wilmington, moved filming to the air station to tape a concert with Bethany Joy Galeotti featuring Enation, Kate Voegele and Angels & Airwaves for part of an episode that is slated to air later this season.
The concert was free and open to Department of Defense cardholders and their sponsored guests.
“Obviously we’re very excited about entertaining our fans, but I think we’re even more excited about entertaining our military,” said Hilarie Burton, who plays Peyton Sawyer on the show.
Burton, whose father was an Army Green Beret, said the military holds a special place in her heart.
“Obviously I want to reach out to as many military personnel as possible,” she said. “It feels overwhelming and very humbling to be around a group of my peers who have done things that I would never have the courage or the guts or the stamina to do … It’s very humbling.”
Sgt. Robert Bolar, who is stationed at Camp Lejeune, said he appreciated the free concert.
“It’s actually nice for this to happen because nothing like this happens around here a lot,” he said. “I’m glad they’re out here to support us. It’s time to give a little bit back.”
Putting on the concert for military members was one way for the cast members of “One Tree Hill” to show their support for the military, said Ashley Rickards, who plays Samantha Walker on the show.
“Marines work so hard, they give so much to our country… hopefully we can give a fraction of that back to them,” Rickards said. “Every time I see one of them walk by on the street I just want to start clapping. I really appreciate everything they do, and I just honor them so much.”
Cpl. Sean Hackney drove from Cherry Point to fulfill a longtime wish to see Angels & Airwaves perform live.
“I’ve been trying to see these guys since 1999,” he said. “This is awesome that they’re doing this.”
Some even drove from Wilmington for the event.
“I think that it’s great,” said Rachel Whiteside. “I think that the military does so much for our country at this time, just to do this concert is a small token.”
Tom Delonge, frontman for Angels & Airwaves, said the event was not only good for his band, but he also appreciated the chance to play for the troops, especially because he has a brother in the military.
“To come here and play this big show for the troops is amazing,” he said.
For Burton, it was a chance to show that actions speak louder than words.
“Everybody says ‘I support the troops,'” Burton said, “but not a lot of people make the effort to hang out.”