- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A now-viral video shows a group of high school students from the Iowa Ambassadors of Music singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a uniformed Army private reportedly escorted the remains of a World War II soldier home to Houston.

Diane Hollifield Cupp of Tennessee was returning from a vacation July 18 on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Atlanta when she captured the scene in a video she posted on Facebook.

The group started singing after the plane landed, when the pilot announced the private would be exiting the plane first, Ms. Cupp explained.

“Glory, glory hallelujah,” sang the group in the one-minute video that’s been viewed more than 123,000 times. The students were part of a group of 350 musicians from across Iowa returning home from a three-week tour in Europe, ABC News reported.

“It melted my heart,” Ms. Cupp told a local ABC News affiliate. “I was so proud of them for doing that. It was so heartfelt.”

While touring a concentration camp during her stay in Germany, Ms. Cupp said her tour guide told her that remains of soldiers are still constantly being found from the war.

“It was absolutely beautiful, to see the respect that these kids had, I just had to capture it,” Ms. Cupp said. “It was an awesome treat for me and something I will never forget.”

Kennedy Eitmann, one of the choir members, called the video’s viral fame “surreal.”

“From then on we just kept looking back at the video and were amazed at how fast it was spreading,” she said. “I definitely didn’t think it would reach that many people.”

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