For the third year in a row, a concert salute was performed for area veterans that was attended by more than 500 people.
The concert featured patriotic music performed by the Newark High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, directed by instrumental music teacher Robert Humphrey, and Mixed Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by vocal music teacher Kate Flock.
Senior Kayla Williams read eight patriotic quotes during the show, accompanied by fellow members of the Newark Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol. She hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and pursue a career in aeronautical engineering.
As the concert neared its end, the various service branches’ songs played as part of “Armed Forces: The Pride of America.” Veterans stood to be recognized when their song was played.
Newark VFW Post 2883 Cmdr. Harry Gajan, on behalf of the Newark Veterans Council, presented a plaque to the NHS Music Department expressing appreciation for its efforts to honor veterans.
A reception followed for veterans and their guests.
“I think it is so important that kids be given the opportunity each year to give back to people who have done so much for them,” Humphrey said.
“This particular concert is so special,” Flock said. “Our students are filled with pride and mention how moving it is to see our veterans stand during ‘The Armed Forces: Pride of America.’”