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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Patriotic Concert - Let Freedom Ring

We went to the annual patriotic concert this afternoon. I'm always amazed at the quality of music put forth in our small city. There was a live band, choir, children's choir and several soloists. All excellent.

For this piece, the kids sang alone then did a countermelody with the choir and they held their own. Not an easy skill.

children singing

The flags of each service were presented and people who served in that branch stood.

Navy flag

Here's almost the full range of performers. I think I'm missing a row on the right. I know it's a small picture, but I wanted to show you what a large group this is.

choir with accompanyists

One of the soloists, Rich (also a friend of mine).

man singing

The concert is over an hour long and they do it twice in a row with only a short break to change audiences! The Methodist Church, where it's held, is large, and the seats are always filled. We went an hour early to get a good seat.

There are donation buckets at the doors. The purpose of the concert is to raise money for the local Veteran's Endowment Fund which can respond to needs faster than governmental types of aid.

This is small town life at its best. The only sad thing is there are very few people between the ages of 10 and 40 who ever come. It's mostly older people with a smattering of grandkids.

In other news: I wrote in the morning, and worked on some research in the afternoon.

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Ann said...

That is sad that the younger crowd doesn't attend. Especially since it's to raise funds for such a worthy cause

Karen and Gerard said...

That sounds really nice! It's such a shame though that it's mostly folks over 40.

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