A free patriotic concert at First United Methodist church in downtown Colorado Springs celebrated local veterans, active military and first responders.
“To see some of these folks who are still alive and have these pretty dramatic memories of everything they went through, it is pretty inspiring,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said.
The concert lasted for well over an hour. The music included a 41-piece orchestra comprised mostly of players from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and a choir of 75 singers trained by James Steven Harter.
“This was wonderful,” Irvin States, a World War II Navy veteran, said. “It was wonderful.”
Suthers also spoke at the ceremony. He said the last time an event like this was hosted to celebrate veterans was three years ago.
“We have to have patriotic events like this more often,” Suthers said.