The pre-game festivities of the Super Bowl telecast are always spectacular, but on Sunday, the CBS telecast was touching as well. About a month and a half after the tragic shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the school’s choir performed “America the Beautiful” (embedded) with the help of Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson.
The choir features 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The students wore white shirts, khaki pants, and the green ribbons that have become synonymous with awareness of the tragic events of Dec. 14, 2012. The mixed boy-girl choir began the song with the first verse, until Hudson joined them at the 50 yard line, prior to Super Bowl XLVII.
It was a touching moment. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, who had already killed his mother earlier that day and stolen guns from her cache, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and killed 20 students -- six- and seven-year olds -- as well as six staffers. Then, as the police closed in, Lanza took his own life.
Super Bowl XLVII pits the San Francisco 49ers against Baltimore Ravens in the "HarBowl," since the 49ers' head coach (Jim Harbaugh) is the younger brother of the Ravens' head coach (John Harbaugh).