“We are a nation of communities…brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a wide and peaceful sky.”
— George H. W. Bush
FAITH – Faith Baptist Church will host a free patriotic concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The Fourth of July Community Chorus, comprised of voices from 18 area churches, will perform musical selections chosen specifically to honor all veterans and those now on active duty.
Everyone who has served or is currently enlisted in the U.S. military is encouraged to wear their uniform to be recognized when the choir performs “Salute to the Armed Forces.” Spectators are encouraged to wear red, white and blue attire to add to the festivities. The choir members, under the direction of Jason Harwood, will be accompanied by Susan Trivette on piano, Kevin Agner on cello and Joe Williams on drums. Dr. Karl Hales will narrate.
Daisy Bost, a concert organizer, notes that this annual July 4 event began about 65 years ago and featured 10 to 15 singers from three area churches. Sunday’s concert will feature 45 participants. Eighteen regional churches represented are Bethel United Methodist, Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, Christiana Lutheran, Dayspring Community Church, Faith Baptist, Faith Lutheran, First Baptist-Rockwell, First Baptist-Salisbury, First UCC Salisbury, Grace Bible Church, Grace Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran, Mt. Moriah Lutheran, Organ Lutheran, Shiloh Reformed, Shiloh United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran, and St. Paul’s Lutheran.
The soloists for the event are Tony Herrin, Neal Wilkinson and Tim Williams performing “Under God”; Mia Grace Spinella and Easton Joseph Spinella singing “American Tears”; Ladies of Faith (Jill Russ, Diane Freeman, Diane Goodnight, Patsy Parnell and Morgan Brown) performing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”; Jayne Lingle, “God bless America”; Cindy Emerson and Morgan Brown,The Folded Flag”; and Neal Wilkinson, “The Lord has mercy.”
The Rowan Big Band All-Stars, directed by Tim Hedrick, will begin playing at 3:30 p.m. as the audience gathers for the concert. Free parking is available around the church building and on the street. After the concert, food and rides will be available at Faith Amusement Park, located just across the street. Faith Baptist Church is located on Main Street in Faith and Reverend Stephen DeWalt is its pastor.