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Gilmer High School band's trip to DC has more meaning with recent events

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The Gilmer High School band spent the week perfecting their music for their concert in Washington, DC.

They said the patriotic music and trip carries a deeper meaning since the attack in Boston.

"If our nation is in such a crisis right now, that it just makes it that much better that we still know we are one nation under God and we are not going to be put down," said Sawyer Eaton, a band member.

Band director, Joe Pflueger planned next week's trip months ago.

"Canceling the trip never crossed my mind because I didn't want to give in [to terrorism]. Probably only 20 to 30 percent of the kids had been to Washington and see it firsthand, and I wanted to give them that opportunity," said Pflueger.

What was initially a history lesson became an ode to patriotism.

"It's sad what happened, but it's also nice to know that we're still one nation and we can still come together and we can go up there and express that," said Emily Siniard, a band member.

The band will perform a free concert at the Jefferson Memorial on Friday, April 26. The band is selling ribbons and rosettes that will be made into an American flag that the band will lay at the Jefferson Memorial.

"It represents us and the country and it's just important. It makes me feel like I am more in touch with the country," said Siniard.

Pflueger said he wants his students to come back with a deeper meaning of who they are as Americans. "It kind of humbled me as a citizen of the United States. It gave me a meaning. What it means and our freedom means and all the sacrifices people have made," said Pflueger.

The band leaves April 24 and returns April 28. They are still short of their $6,000 fundraising goal to cover the cost of the trip, and are still selling ribbons and rosettes for the flag.

If you'd like to make a donation, donations can be mailed to GHS Band, P.O. Box 140, Ellijay, GA 30540. Order forms can be found at

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