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Jill Hartman hopes area residents will attend a special event on Sunday.

The Broad Street Revue is presenting a “Concert of Patriotic Music” at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Broad streets in Fremont.

Guest artists will be the Palladium Brass.

Admission to the concert is free. A freewill offering will be accepted with proceeds directed to the Veterans Park in Fremont.

The concert will open with the advancing of the colors and singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” said Bob Yanike, director.

Music includes such flag-waving tunes as “God Bless America,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “America the Beautiful.

The special arrangement of “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” composed by then-Midland band director Eric Richards for the Fremont Sesquicentennial celebration, will be sung by many of the same singers with the support of the Palladium Brass.

Mary Beth Hilbers will provide piano accompaniment. Barbara Johnson will provide organ accompaniment.

Those involved with the concert believe attendees will benefit in various ways.

“It’s gorgeous music,” said Hartman, Broad Street Revue member. “It’s music that gives you a really strong feeling of belonging to our country and wanting it to be great.”

Hartman believes the music will be inspiring and stir feelings of pride and patriotism for this nation.

“Especially during this election time and when people are making decisions about our country, I think it’s a good time to be reminded that we’re all one nation,” she said.

Yanike noted something else.

“This could be the perfect catharsis in this time of division, frustration, anger, distrust,” he said.

In addition, proceeds will benefit the Veterans Park.

Hartman believes veterans should be honored and not forgotten.

“The park is a reminder of those people who have done so much — given their lives for our country,” she said.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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