Photo Credit: Debbie CaddellWe were honored to sing as a family during one of the patriotic selections at this year's musical. The song was entitled "I Salute You," and while we only had a few lines, they expressed our heart-felt appreciation for the sacrifice made by our servicemen and women. During the song, the different branches of the military are honored. Immediately following "our" song, one of the local high school drum lines precedes the Fire Department's Honor Guard, and then all the veterans and active duty servicemen and women come to the stage to be honored. It is a proud moment to see around 100 servicepersons flood the stage, and sobering to see that many of this group, though a symbol of our nation's strength, need help up the stage. We may not have them for long, but we were honored to sing our thanks to them.
By the way, the older girls did a great job with no stage fright, so they must have gotten that from their Daddy! I held Madeline, and while she fussed a bit from being so close to the band and brass, she calmed down pretty quickly with some soothing from Mama before our part. When we sang, she mouthed the words along with us, in time, and with some correct word formations, too! :)