Singers needed for Fourth of July celebration at Capitol
May 25, 2004
JEFFERSON CITY – Churches are being asked to supply singers for the 12:30 p.m. July 4 Capitol Salute Opening Ceremony celebration on the South Stage of the state Capitol.
Jim Dyke, editorial cartoonist and art director for the Jefferson City News Tribune who is coordinating the mass choir, said he would like to recruit 300-500 participants. The theme for the event is “Shall We Gather at the River,” a celebration that will take place after church services that day.
“It kind of sets a patriotic tone for the whole Sunday,” Dyke said.
Dyke said messages are being prepared to go with the singing of three traditional Fourth of July songs —“ America the Beautiful,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” At the conclusion of the performance, the choir and the congregation will sing “Amazing Grace,” Dyke said.
Plans are also being made to recognize members of the armed forces on active duty. A time of prayer followed by a 21-gun salute and a flyover are being incorporated into the program, Dyke said.
“Shall We Gather at the River” is the kickoff to the second day of “Salute to America 2004,” which begins with a parade at 5 p.m. July 3 and a carnival opening at 6 p.m. the same day in downtown Jefferson City. For the complete schedule of events, visit www.salutetoamerica.org.
Those interested in participating in the mass choir can call Dyke at (573) 893-8518 or email him at email@example.com.