Independence Day

Posted By BrokenClaw on July 7, 1999

We spent the Fourth of July weekend camping at a family resort in Virginia. The weather was perfect for relaxing by the pool with temps in the 80′s, just a few high clouds, and low humidity. We enjoyed the usual activities: swimming, walking, reading, outdoor cooking, and listening to the baseball games on the radio in the dark. We also participated in several camp activities, including a dance on Saturday night, an impromptu campfire sing-along and marshmallow roast, and karaoke night in the social hall.

FireworksThe social hall is quite a large room, and on this night there were well over a hundred people there. Karaoke is a family event, and children are encouraged to sing. People sit at their tables, clapping, singing along, talking amongst themselves, eating and drinking whatever refreshements they brought, while the karaoke continues non-stop onstage. It was then that we had our memorable Independence Day moment. The MC announced that someone was going to sing The Star Spangled Banner. The singer was a girl of about 12 years old. There was no fanfare, no rehearsal, no special request for attention, but when the music came up with that familiar introduction, the entire room went silent, and everyone stood up in unison and started singing on the first note. It didn’t matter that you could hardly hear the girl onstage. It was just one of those moments that make our national birthday memorable.

Sometimes it’s seeing a uniformed veteran carrying the flag in a parade, or hearing the high school band strike up a Sousa march, or seeing that first burst of fireworks. But for us this year, it was a young girl volunteering to sing our National Anthem. Thank you, Casey.

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