When The Atlanta Opera performed Soldier Songs in 2015, the organization’s leaders decided to offer free tickets to all performances to members of the armed forces. The following year, on Veteran’s Day, they gave away tickets to veterans and active military to see Silent Night at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. More than 700 current and former members of the armed forces attended the performance. Before every performance of the acclaimed opera, the names of soldiers from Georgia who died in World War I were listed.
In 2017, The Atlanta Opera decided to make the program permanent. In a partnership with Home Depot, The Atlanta Opera offers free tickets to service members and their families to any performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. To date, 5,781 tickets have been given out through the program.