Public Invited To 'Bring Your Own Flag' Rally In Uptown Tuesday

Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music is hosting a patriotic afternoon of music Tuesday in front of the school at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway.

The public is invited to bring their own American flags to the event, which will begin with a singing of the national anthem at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present an hour-long program of inspiring, patriotic music, including The National Emblem March, The Armed Forces Salute, and Stars and Stripes Forever.

CSU President Dr. Frank Brown will speak, and other local dignitaries have been invited to give brief comments.

The program grew from an idea proposed by Dr. Robert Rumbelow, director of the wind ensemble.

I could tell in class that my students and I both felt helpless like many Americans in the face of this tragedy. I really wanted to do something -- anything to help, and this was the idea. Both my students and I want to do this for Columbus and for America, he said. It is my hope that through this rally we will all (everyone) leave with a sense that we did something that mattered in reaction to this national tragedy.

The free event is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a flag.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Taddie, director of CSUs Schwob School of Music at 649-7225.