Independence Day activities set for Saturday
Fireworks display to highlight evening
From Staff Reports

June 26, 2006 - The 15th Annual Independence Day Celebration on the downtown square will begin at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, July 1, with music and marching followed by a magnificent aerial display of fireworks.

A Veteran's March will kick-off the evening events as the Hopkins County Military Coalition and veterans proudly parade onto the square as Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra (NETSO), conducted by Douglas Bakenhus, performs a medley of patriotic songs such as "God Bless the USA" and "America the Beautiful."

NETSO will also entertain the crowd with music from Broadway, such as "Phantom of the Opera," as well as “stirring” compositions from Star Trek. 

This year's event will also feature special music by choir members of Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, who will sing a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. entitled "Legacy of Vision," by composer Jonathan Bruce Brown, against an orchestral accompaniment. The choir will sing three selections as narrator Chris Spivey delivers quotations associated with the Civil Rights leader.

"Stars and Stripes Forever," will signal that rockets will soon be filling the night sky in a spectacular display of fireworks underwritten each year by Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic of Tyler. 

Alliance Bank underwrites a major portion of the cost for the annual concert, according to Tom Stewart, president of the Sulphur Springs Symphony League. And this year, a significant gift came from Professional Land Title, as well. 

"Our treasury has to come up with some thousands of dollars, but the biggest part of funding comes from that Alliance contribution," he said. "If you enjoy the concert and want to thank someone, you should first turn to Alliance. And then you should take out a Symphony League membership."

All veterans who would like to participate in the Veteran's March are asked to meet at City National Bank on Connally Street by 7:30 p.m. Chairs will be provided while waiting for the march to begin.

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