By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Tupelo High School singers are honoring veterans with a concert full of patriotic music.
All choirs at the school, totaling 100 singers, will perform at a Veterans Day concert on Monday.
“It’s a way for Tupelo High School to reach out to our veterans who risked their lives for our freedom,” said Josh Caron, a THS senior. “It’s nice to give back to those who did that for us.”
The program includes “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Can You Hear?” and “Hine Ma Tov,” a Jewish hymn about peace.
“We wanted to instill in our youth a respect for veterans,” said Suzy White Williams, choir director at THS. “We feel like our young people need to realize the debt we owe to our veterans.”
Williams said she chose a variety of patriotic music, both familiar favorites and some that aren’t as well known.
“We have ‘America the Beautiful’ but also new songs that have a patriotic feel,” she said.
Members of the strings section of the band will also perform, and there will be a contemporary dance.
“From cello to guitar, it covers the gamut,” she said.
The free concert is open to everyone, she said, especially veterans, who will be recognized.
“We’re honoring our veterans and teaching our students to honor this group that has given so much,” Williams said. “The students have really enjoyed singing these songs.”
• What: THS Choirs present Veterans Day concert
• When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
• Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center
• Cost: Free
• Info: (662) 841-8970