When the community assembled at the Emmanuel Mennonite Brethren Church last Tuesday, June 15, it was to celebrate pride in being Americans through patriotic songs.
The Sully County Historical Society joined with the Sully Area Singers to put on the cantata of familiar patriotic tunes, with the audience invited to sing along.
Red, White and Tunes opened with the singing of the National Anthem and closed with the nation’s unofficial anthem, God Bless America.
Members of the choir shared a brief history of each of the songs prior to singing them. Songs arising from colonial and Revolutionary War times to the Civil War, early 20th century plays and movies, hymns, the trials of the Great Depression and World Wars I and II, through the turbulence of the 1960s, and including a favorite from Young Citizen’s League (YCL) days, the South Dakota State Song, ‘Hail, South Dakota.’
The choir was directed by Marla Mosiman. Judy Foth was the accompanist.