This morning there was the usual rush to get ready at MMVC and I volunteered to go raise the flag in front of the Visitor Center. Just as I had it hooked to the halyard and was ready to haul away a guy shouted from the walkway approaching the VC, "Wait!" He got a little closer and said, "We've got a whole busload of teachers who want to watch!!"
They were a group of 34 teachers from Utah (grade school to high school) who were taking a tour of historic areas, and they really wanted to see the "flag raising ceremony" at the place where the Revolution began. Talk about pressure!
I waited until they all assembled in a line and they all had their hands over their hearts. Then I hauled it up slowly, trying to make it look like a "ceremony." When it reached the top, they all started singing The Star Spangled Banner, even throwing in a bit of harmony at the end! What could I do but stand back, put my hand on my heart, and enjoy it?
They had some very good questions after watching the multi-media presentation and an idea for an interactive map that I'm going to pass on. The first guy thanked me for waiting and I thanked him! I asked if they had practiced singing together and he said no, that it was spontaneous.