To honor veterans, Mall is the stage for a flag-waving night of patriotism, music

This story was my first A1 byline in The Washington Post. I also live-Tweeted the event.


Here’s the story:

By: Paul Schwartzman and Miles Parks

Beneath a vast night sky and billowing red clouds, award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson delivered a moment of harmonic splendor Tuesday night as she rang up the start of the national anthem, her soaring voice inspiring the first of many thunderous roars of applause along the Mall.

With the U.S. Capitol as its glowing, iconic backdrop, the Concert for Valorbegan as a somber and stirring tribute to generations of American veterans who sacrificed their lives and well-being through the years.

But the three-hour concert also was a rollicking showcase for a full panoply of American sound — from Rihanna’s passionate R&B to Metallica’s raging heavy metal; from Eminem’s sneering rap to Bruce Springsteen’s soothing acoustic strains. There was alt-rock from the Black Keys and country from Carrie Underwood.

“How you feel out there? The whole world is watching!” actor Jamie Foxx said as the show started at 7 p.m., leading the crowd in chants of “USA! USA!”

The rest of this article can be found here as it appeared on page A1 of The Washington Post.


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