Students at Calvary Episcopal School and College Prep invited families and community members to share in their annual Veterans Day chapel/program which was held on November 11th at 10am. The Pre-K through 12th grade students, honored and entertained local Veterans with a precision performance of “When I’m Gone/The Cup Song”. The song served as a connection between historical culture of pre-World War II music, classroom rhythm training, and the Cup game format developed by Christian composer, Rich Mullins. Regardless of age, all students at Calvary were committed to perfecting the skills required for 170 students to create a flawless rendition…and flawless it was! Many of the Veterans commented that they remembered playing the Cup Game at Christian camps and enjoyed hearing the pre-World War II song added to the game. In addition, Calvary band members saluted the Veterans through their instrumental performances of “America the Beautiful” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” The audience of Veterans was impressed with the solos of Cameron Thompson and Alex Dewey who performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Taps”, respectively. A high point in the morning came when the Military Veterans stood in recognition as the Armed Forces salute songs were presented from each branch. During this portion of the program, Veterans who were unable to attend the celebration were honored by students as they stood and held photographs of their loved ones. The finale touched the hearts of the Veterans when the entire Calvary student body turned and saluted as they sang “God Bless America”.

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