Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed much for this country, from time with family to sometimes their very lives. Christendom’s student body decided to pay tribute to them this year, hosting a Veterans Day concert on campus over the weekend. Featuring live choral and instrumental music from Christendom’s best musicians, the event proved to be a sweeping tribute to the troops, and a thrilling showcase of the college’s well of musical talent.
The idea for the Veterans Day Concert came from the Christendom College Music Guild, a group that encompasses the Chamber Orchestra, the Old-Fashioned Oats quartet, and the Christendom Crooners a capella group. Christendom students have shown a talent for music since the college’s founding, with students picking up instruments to play at St. Patrick’s Day, the annual St. Cecilia’s talent night, or just outside a residence hall on a Tuesday afternoon. In the past few years, musicians at Christendom have grown more organized, resulting in the Music Guild. Together, the musicians wanted to pay tribute to veterans in the Front Royal, Virginia, area in a unique way, and thought it would be a great use of their talent and love of music.
For the event, the guild invited members of the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 as guests of honor, along with any other veterans in the area — including Christendom’s own professor emeritus Dr. Robert Rice, who previously served in the Air Force. Throughout the evening, the students entertained with choral and instrumental music, always drawing focus back to those who have served the United States in uniform, and the tremendous sacrifice they have made doing so.
The guild hopes that the event will become an annual one on campus, with students coming together to showcase their talents in honor of something greater than themselves.