KINGSPORT — The Liberty Celebration is sending out a call for singers and volunteers who wish to be a part of the city’s biennial performance commemorating Independence Day and honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.
Organizers are holding a free kickoff breakfast at Kingsport Community Church (2316 Memorial Blvd.) on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and according to organizer Jim Austin, this is when former participants and prospective newcomers need to show up to volunteer to participate.
Ideally, Austin said, he would like to build an adult choir of more than 125 members for this year’s performance. Adult choir rehearsals are on Mondays (at 7 p.m.) and Saturdays (at 9 a.m.) with Saturday-only rehearsals for the children’s choir.
This year’s theme is “America, United We Stand” — an aspiration to help unify our nation through honoring God and country. The performance will feature adult and children’s choirs, a 40-piece orchestra, soloists, dance groups, dramatic presentations and a strong military emphasis with recognition of America’s servicemen and servicewomen.
The 2018 theme was selected to recognize the need for our diverse nation to come together and celebrate the privileges and values that democracy has provided us for more than 242 years.
Austin said performances will also provide special recognition of youth and young adults who represent our nation’s 21st century leaders. Scouts, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets and other associated youth groups are especially invited to participate in the programs and attend the performances.
The Liberty Celebration (the 10th since 2000) will take place at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center with one performance on June 29 (at 7 p.m.) and two on June 30 (2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.)