Spirit of America connects in Rochester

By Tom ManiSeptember 16, 2008

Audience members with military service stand for a round of applause from the Spirit of America audience at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
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Soldiers wave to the Rochester audience as they leave the stage at Spirit of America's end Sept. 12.
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Rapellers descend on the Spirit of America show in the first act finale to give the Soldier's Creed.
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The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps uses a four-count troop step during an entertainment to honor His Excellency General George Washington during Spirit of America.
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The Comander in Chief's Guard, modeled on George Washington's Life Guard, demonstrates a bayonet charge during Spirit of America.
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The volley from the Continental Army skirmish line comes on top of the command to fire. The Soldiers are infantrymen with A Company, the Commander in Chief's Guard, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
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Blue Cross Arena fills with an expectant audience for the morning production of Spirit of America Sept. 12, 2008.
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Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr. introduces members of his command from the greater Rochester, N.Y., area to Mayor '' Duffy, including the Army's noncommissioned officer of the year, Staff Sgt. Jason Seifert from Victor, N.Y.
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CW4 Gregory Balvanz, commander of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, greets youngsters making a field trip to see Spirit of America's Friday morning premiere of Spirit of America in Rochester, N.Y.
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