- - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On Dec. 15, a friend and I went to a “Christmas” concert held at the Marine Barracks in Washington. This band, “the President’s Own,” regularly performs at the White House. There was no National Anthem sung, and not one Christmas song played — not even one of the secular variety. The audience was wished “Happy Holidays” after they were regaled by the Big Band music of Duke Ellington. While very well performed and pleasant to hear, it was most assuredly not about Christmas.

I thought perhaps after the intermission we would hear some holiday fare, but a jazzy Duke Ellington version of “The Nutcracker Suite” had to suffice. This was not our parents’ Christmas concert, or even a concert of a couple of years ago. In fact I’ve never seen anything less Christmas-like. There were no festive decorations, either.

I was never so disappointed in a Christmas concert. In past years, the music has been appropriately festive, and all the wonderful Christmas carols, often with audience participating, were performed. Apparently, this is a thing of the past in today’s politically correct military.

Is the goal here to eradicate America’s religious heritage, to be replaced with secular socialism? Perhaps that is what this administration meant by “fundamentally transforming” the country.

ANNA ROLEN
Alexandria

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