It was standing room only at First United Methodist Church Sunday night, as the Chancel Choir and Orchestra put on a program titled, "A Patriotic Celebration." The concert, which honored the men and women of our nation's armed forces and local emergency responders, featured some of history's most beloved patriotic anthems. In between each selection, city officials narrated poems and pieces of written history, including an excerpt from "The Declaration of Independence." Colorado Springs Deputy Police Chief Steven Liebowitz, narrated a piece entitled "I Love America," before the Orchestra and Choir performed "America, the Beautiful." The song featured a solo performance by Natalie Jensen. One year ago this month, Jensen's husband, Det. Jared Jensen was shot and killed in the line of duty. Liebowitz says he is proud of Jensen's courage and was touched by her performance.
"To hear her sing," said Liebowitz, "and to see the joy in the song she sang and what it represents, it really speaks to your soul."
During its rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever," the orchestra played a small part of each armed service anthem. During their respective anthems, the men and women of each military branch stood up to be recognized.