Proud veterans, band members, and parents Salute to America!
Here at North Broward, we have many great events to have fun, to come together, and to honor heroes and remember the fallen. One of these events has all of these aspects and it is called Salute to America! This year’s event took place on Wednesday, September 14th and and included many fantastic performances from the varsity dance team, the jazz and pep bands, the guitar club, the string orchestra, the choir and others.
The 15th annual Salute to America unfolded with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by lower school students Layla Calangian and Allegra Hreschak, and singing of the national anthem by our spectacular middle and high school choir. That was followed by a show-stopping performance from the Varsity Dance Team, accompanied by the pep band and Julia Arciola, our spectacular baton twirler.
This was just the beginning of a great night. After the initial performances, the middle school principal, Genevieve Hoppe, made a beautiful introduction and took us back 200 years ago, to when Francis Scott Key saw the “star-spangled banner yet wave” when the smoke cleared. “A sign of America’s victory,” Ms. Hoppe said. She also said very truthfully that, “It is hard to imagine what it was like at that time, to see our flag still standing after the war … but that’s why it’s so important to gather together to remember those we’ve lost to 9/11 and other tragedies. These times were rough and devastating, but out of them also come hope, liberty, and growth.”
The Varsity Dance team and band blow us away again with their amazing skill!
The next performance of the night was by the 4th and 5th grade choir, who sang “Land that We Love”, a popular song about America. The audience was also treated to an alluring performance by the strings orchestra. Directed by Lyn MacDonald, they played a wonderful melody and the song “America” From West Side Story. It was then time to hear from the middle and high school choir again, performing “I Dream of a World”. Next, the guitar club played more American favorites, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” and “Johnny B. Goode”, accompanied by the amazing voice of freshman Madeline Finkleman. Sophomore Chloe Gardner beautifully accompanied the advanced and intermediate bands, performing a collection of patriotic tunes like “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” For the finale of the event, the bands and string orchestra played themes from the different branches of the military, and asked veterans to stand when they played them. A truly emotional and special experience!
This year, NBPS also donated to a charity of choice, Lighthouse of Broward, which specializes in helping blind and visually impaired individuals to go about their lives. This organization offers rehabilitation and provides health care options for those with sight issues. I spoke to the executive director of the charity, Elly du Pré, who was compassionate and grateful for the support of the North Broward community.
Fine Arts Director Chris Petruzzi giving a certificate of appreciation to Lighthouse of Broward
Pictures taken by Kate Kuznetsova
If you were at Salute to America, we want to hear your thoughts! What did you think? How did you feel during the event? We always love to get feedback!