Looking Forward

In football, a classic American sport, a typical fan will root for their favorite team.  They cheer, lose their voices, and may even break their thumbs to support their team.  At the end of the game, one side may be devastated by a loss and/or frustrated by calls that should have been made.  The other team is no doubt elated for supporting the winning side.  Despite the ups and downs of the game, both sides have at least one common trait: love for the game of football.

The United States of America recently underwent a historical “game” or “race” so to speak.  Some people may be elated and other disappointed.  However, both sides should come to one common standing ground:  patriotism for and loyalty to a free and just nation.  The Veteran’s Day Concert at the Huntsman Center on November 10, 2012 honored our nation and her soldiers.

Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to honor world peace and American veterans from all wars.  Despite its importance, it is often overlooked.  The Honorary Colonels Corps of the Utah National Guard presented the 57th annual Veterans’ Day Concert at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Saturday, November 10, 2012.  Featured performers included the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band and Granite School District High School Choirs.  Choirs included: Cottonwood, Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Olympus, Skyline, and Taylorsville High School.  There was also a performance by the 23rd Army Rock Band.  The theme of the concert was “Looking Forward.”

Besides dazzling the audience through music, spotlights were presented on Bradley Woodward, a 1st Class Airman in the Air Force, Officer Candidate Marianne Woodbrey from the Army, and the Junior ROTC from Taylorsville High School.  Zions Bank also presented the 3rd Annual Veterans Service Award to Major General Brian L. Tarbet.  As the speakers presented the commitments and sacrifices these valiant men and women were willing to make for our country’s freedom, justice, and safety, a wave of gratefulness and appreciation swept the audience.

The music unified the audience and the choirs.  Despite their different backgrounds and school affiliations the choirs had one intent: to portray their love for their country and express their appreciation through song.  Standing under our nation’s flag, the color of their choir uniforms didn’t matter.  The choirs sang with crystal clear pitch, rhythm, and diction.  Each song of 500 voices grew with dynamics and heart-racing rhythms until the final chords’ resonance circled the auditorium and left the audience breathless.

Participating in the choir is a once in a lifetime experience.  The feeling of appreciation, awe, love for America, justice and freedom is one that never can be forgotten and should be cherished.  “God bless America, land that I love.  Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.”

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