Several hundred people, many dressed in American flag clothing, enjoyed an all-American sampling of patriotic music at a Piccolo Spoleto Memorial Day concert in Marion Square Sunday afternoon.
It started with taps at 3 p.m., the designated time for a National Moment of Remembrance for those who died fighting for American ideals.
Then it moved on to celebrating those ideals with a musical menu that included familiar Disney and movie tunes and such oldies as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Thanks for the Memories."
About 100 musicians from the Charleston Community Band and the Columbia Community Concert Band combined for a rich sound. This was the third year the two community bands have put on a joint concert, organizer Bill Perry said.
"They're from all walks of life, doctors, lawyers, about every occupation you can imagine under that tent," he said.
American flags put up for the occasion circled the crowd. Many in the audience held small flags, and others wore clothes that looked like flags.
"We just like to put our red, white and blue on and honor the veterans," said Donna Reyburn of Seabrook Island, one of those wearing a flag shirt.
Jerry Crites of West Ashley, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, displayed an American flag on the left pocket of his white shirt.
"I'm proud of what we accomplished," he said.
Asta Mangan, who lives in both Mount Pleasant and Long Island, also was wearing a bright flag blouse. She fought back tears when asked what she was thinking. She said she was thinking of the day 10 years ago when the World Trade Center fell.
"I just find this all so emotional," she said. "I get tears just thinking about it. If you live in New York, if you didn't have somebody close to you, you knew somebody who did."
She still has a sticker on the back of her car that says "Never Forget 9/11."
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