Old Glory came to life with color and voices Saturday evening in the auditorium of Gulfport High School.
That's where members of First Baptist Church of Gulfport presented the 2006 Singing Flag.
"This was our attempt to try to offer something to the community to encourage them after this long, 10 months now of hurricane recovery, and just a chance to celebrate our freedom as Americans and opportunity to recognize the military in our community and encourage them," says worship pastor Ken Nuss.
It is a history lesson of sorts, hearing the words of what happened in the past, hopefully to better appreciate the future.
"We gather together to reflect and to rejoice to reaffirm our commitment to the dreams and the sacrifices of freedoms pioneers," says emcee and WLOX anchor Jeff Lawson.
And some of those pioneers were in the audience, veterans of our nation's various military units, who stood proudly as they were honored for their service.
But while the music and the bright lights were an attraction to celebrate the freedom of our country, organizers hope the the production leaves the community with a lasting message.
"It's my hope that they will experience and be reminded that not only do we enjoy freedom as Americans, but true freedom is found in Jesus Christ," says Nuss.
In case you missed Saturday's production of the 2006 Singing Flag, don't worry.
The free event will be held again Sunday evening in the Gulfport High School Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.