“An American Revival” took place in the heart of Manhattan as the nation was entering World War II, spanning the six decades between the “Day of Infamy” and the attacks of 9/11. For the most part, the show was a feel good delight; the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” remains one of the greatest musical parties ever thrown on a football field.
Citizens of the Big Apple tried to get in one last bout of merrymaking before the lights were turned off in Times Square. Then a mood of solemnity filled the air as the male members of the color guard put on their army khakis and all stated the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
After forming an American flag drill formation and re-creating the famed raising of the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima, the corps staged the image of the three firemen raising the flag amidst the rubble of the fallen towers. During the corps’ final performance of the season, screaming sirens and flashing lights on fire trucks stationed across the street were activated, perfectly capturing the mood of a country still recovering from the attacks 11 months earlier.