I really appreciated Scott Wuerz’ recent coverage of O’Fallon’s Veterans Day ceremony at our Veterans Monument. Hundreds braved the weather, many of them veterans like me, to participate in this traditional remembrance to those who served.
While Wuerz captured most of the highlights of the gathering, he failed to mention a most memorable event, the traditional singing of the National Anthem.
As a retired military officer the playing and most especially the singing of that mainstay always gives me goose bumps. Weather aside, this Veterans Day was no exception.
One of O’Fallon’s own, Lauren Lundy, gave the crowd an unexpected treat with her moving rendition. Under less than ideal conditions she performed the Star-Spangled Banner in a manner that surely would have made Francis Scott Key proud.
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Lauren, a senior at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, is also a third year member of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program for talented high school singers.
As part of the program this talented young singer is provided with college-level voice lessons at Webster University. There she is paired with a voice teacher and a vocal coach on a weekly basis.
Her talent was obvious, her future bright. Thanks for the memory!
Bill Malec, O’Fallon