On Memorial Day, Opening Bell Coffee in the Cedars will host a full afternoon of local songwriters honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military. Benefitting the National Coalition for the Homeless Veterans, nine acts will take the stage from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. The benefit is being held in honor of Lt. Col. Eric John Krüger who died Nov. 2, 2006, in Baghdad of injuries suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicles. His sister, Kristy Kruger, will be among the many acoustic acts set to take the stage at this family-friendly event to play a short set of songs. The afternoon will also see sets from singers and musicians Michael Koliba, Daniel Caniotta, Pritush Magarjan, Hilary Whitehead, KP Wade, Caleb Dean, Jennifer Waters, Jeff Story and the Dollar Store Generals. This is a great list of new and local talent and it is all for an amazing and important cause.