Honor flight and band

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Honor flight and band

Image courtesy of Abby Leary

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Image courtesy of Abby Leary

Mary Kathryn McNicoll, Staff writer

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Our South Lakes band held an honor flight in order to honor veterans coming into D.C. This consists of the band going to different airports to play patriotic music and meet the veterans. So far they have visited Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. Different companies will pay for the expenses for the veterans to be able to come to D.C. and stay in a hotel. South Lakes has been doing this event for years, and this year 30 people from our band volunteered to play on a weekend, which is more people than they have had in the past. In band class they perfected these songs to make sure they sounded good. They wanted to make the music special for these people who fought for our country. Not only was this beautiful for the veterans, but this event made an impact on the band students as well. 

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South Lakes senior Samantha Kosowiec, who was in charge of this event and whose father was a part of one of the companies who sponsored the event, said, “The experience is rewarding for the band because you can see the real faces of the veterans who fought for our country and how their music was impacting the eager veterans.” South Lakes hopes that this event continues for a long time, because it is extremely important to honor those who fought in the wars of the past.  It is also wonderful to know and hear patriotic music. We can all respect to those 30 band members who volunteered their time and talent because they humbled themselves and did something to help others!