PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Freedom Chorus kicked off the Sounds by Sea evening of music with their harmonies echoing throughout Beach Park. Then, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra took the stage, and the strings and horns sent out a polished sound. The energy at the park Sunday night was so dynamic that it left the audience wanting more.
Boy Scout Jonathan Coulter said he's been coming to the Memorial Day event year after year to hear the music.
"It kind of blows my mind every time I come out here and listen to them," Coulter said.
But the choir and orchestra were not just there to entertain. With each note played, the music honored the men and women who died while serving our country, and the ones still on the front lines fighting to keep us safe.
"Our military and our nation mean so much to us and it is so great to so many people come out here," Pascagoula Councilman Frank Corder said.
As these hometown folks listened to the patriotic music, they also began to reflect on the sacrifices and services so many soldiers.
"Some have given a lot and some gave all they had to protect," Coulter said.
"We wouldn't be here talking, you wouldn't be asking me these questions, if it was not for those who have put their lives on the line and sacrificed for us," Jackson County resident Alice Walker said.
Many in the crowd said wonderful musical performances like this help keep the patriotic spirit alive in on the coast. That is a spirit that should always be strong for the men and women in uniform.