A Musical Salute

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musical saluteST. JOHNSBURY - World War I medleys and a chorus of songs filled the halls of the North Congregational Church in order to pay tribute to America's Veterans.

 Last night the St. Johnsbury Town Band and North Country Chorus came together to start off the national holiday with songs to honor our Veterans. This concert was more than just a tribute to America's Veterans, it was also a way to bring the community together. Claire Mead, the publicity chair of the chorus, explained what this tribute meant to her, "This to me was a chance for the chorus to give back to the community. Our members come from a wide area and it really means something to people beyond just the music. It's the feeling of community."

Twelve year old Kaci Cochran said that playing the drums in the band is her way to say thank you. "I just really want to thank them for their service out in the world. And for protecting our country and everything. I just think it's great for people to come out and support them, as well as donate and give back to what they have given us."

Veterans Day is a day to remember. It is easy to get caught up in everyday life and forget about what has happened in history to get America to this point. Mead said, "I think it's too easy today to forget about the history and to get caught up in the day to day, where is he going now? It's important to remember what's happened before."

Not only is it important to be thankful to those who have served our country on Veterans Day, but also on every other day of the year. Cochran said, "I have heard a lot of people say thank you to Veterans around here. I think it's really great."

All of the proceeds that were raised last night will benefit the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center. The Center is a nonprofit organization that obtains and preserves historic collections that pertain to the local history of St. Johnsbury. Their current collection has about 5,000 artifacts that help provide details into the history of the community. They also hold educational programs that dive into the history of St. Johnsbury.