By: Jonathan Adams
Lights beamed down upon the Jones Auditorium stage while music filled the pitch-black room, poking at the emotions of attendees.
The backdrop of the stage resembled the city New York, with gloomy skies and a giant, half-glowing moon. The face of the stage was covered in 3,000 red, white and blue chain links with the names of those lost on each one.
The night opened with a performance by children from around the area, including Kingsville, Alice, Ricardo, Driscoll and Rivera.
“The children literally had their first full rehearsal this morning at 6:10 a.m.” Dr. Seidman, an organizer of the concert said. “We spent a lot of time making calls and not a single person turned us down.”
More imagery was provided by a slide show presented on either side of the auditorium. The images gave more power to the angelic voices of the instruments that blanketed the audience on Sept. 11 for the Concert of Remembrance.
Seidman and Dr. Melinda Brou, another organizer of the concert, both explained they had planned the concert together last spring and presented the idea to Dr. Theresa Remelius, who decided to make it a community event.
“We were having coffee and we started talking about the 10th anniversary,” Seidman said. “I was explaining that I was right across the river when the towers fell.”
Together they helped organize the concert for the past five months, planning out what pieces to play at the event.
“Nearing the end of the night I couldn’t help but feel the patriotism,” Arnie Villarreal, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent said.
The piece that stuck out most was Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash. The audience couldn’t help but break out into applause when Larry Purkey of First Baptist Church preached the line, “We’re kind of proud of that ragged old flag,” but it was nothing compared to the 20 second round of applause with the line, “We’re mighty proud of that ragged old flag.”
“It moved me that everyone came here to give tribute to those lost on that day,” Lt. Mark Haley, Command Chaplin of NAS Kingsville said.
The night ended with a thunderous piece by AMK’s very own Greg Sanders entitled Alarm: Call to Duty, which followed a speech by Hanns Mimberg, a 9/11 survivor.
“We wanted to provide fear, anger, hope, war—all of those things for the night,” Brou said. “And I think we did it with that piece.”
There wasn’t a moment of silence throughout the night, whether it was a speech, musical or applause, an event truly dedicated to the memories of 9/11.
“You know how they say you couldn’t ask for more? We literally couldn’t ask for more,” Brou said.