Patriot Day Remembrance concert set for Sept. 13
● By Steven Hoffman
A Patriot Day Remembrance concert and community sing-along will take place Sunday evening, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the United Methodist Church, located at Market and Addison Streets in Oxford. This will be the eleventh annual concert that marks the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This evening is in keeping with former President George W. Bush's 2002 Patriot Day proclamation, in which he called upon the people of the United States “to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services and candlelight vigils.”
The Patriot Day concert will feature music about America and music composed by Americans. Organized by the members of The Oxford Trio, Katie Slauch-Boozer on violin, Nancy Pedrick on piano, and Julia Farber on horn, the concert will feature many gifted local musicians. As in past years, The Friendship Quilters will share their art in a quilt display adjacent to the sanctuary of the church.
The program offers a mix of modern, traditional, jazz and patriotic music through the performance of vocal solos, instrumental solos and duets.
A much-enjoyed feature of the evening includes audience sing-along sessions and a touching tribute to all of the branches of the armed forces, when veterans and their family members are encouraged to stand while the audience sings "their" song.
There is no admission for the concert. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Oxford United Methodist Church Harvest of Talents and the Divine Sent Food Cupboard at the Oxford Church of God, which has been serving the hungry in our community since 2003. For more information, visit www.divinesent.org.