For the past 13 years on a night in early December, Antietam National Battlefield has been illuminated with the glow of 23,110 candles, luminaires lighted in memory of casualties of the single bloodiest day in American history.
For the past 16 years on a night in early July, the fields of that hallowed ground have been filled with the sounds of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in its annual "Salute to Independence."
This year's event, on Saturday, July 6, will be different in some ways from celebrations of past years.
The world changed September 11. America's homeland was attacked. We are at war, says Elizabeth Schulze, MSO music director.
The concert will be in memory of those who have been lost, Schulze says. The concert is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces who are protecting America's freedom from terrorism as the country celebrates Independence Day.