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Salute to America


By Dr. Anton Anderssen

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Six cannon dating back to 1861 took 5,000 people by surprise when their thunderous roar punctuated a night of bliss beneath the stars, as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra paid its 20th annual Salute to America, tonight at Greenfield Village. By the light of the silvery moon, fans of the world-class orchestra gathered in a sea of color, as the talented musicians played patriotic and nostalgic works by classical icons.

The evening began with greeters warmly welcoming guests to Greenfield Village. Volunteers Dennis Zelazny and Greg Jones gave long-time friends big hugs at the gates to the legendary museum, and escorted special needs guests to courtesy vehicles which whisked them away to the DSO stage in Walnut Grove, which lay about a half-mile beyond the front entrance.

The pitch-perfect symphony, conducted by Maestro Tito Muñoz, performed selections by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, AAron Copland, and John Williams, culminating with a grandly spectacular performance of Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский's 1812 Overture. Fireworks with musical accompaniment graced the starry night as guests imbibed icy strawberry daiquiris; a gentle breeze wafted along the giant lawn, carrying with it the scent of freshly baked cookies. Some guests brought picnic dinners, complete with red, white and blue posies nestled around the American flag, arranged casually in crystal vases. Costumed singers strolled about, entertaining guests; The 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps and River Raisin Ragtime Revue provided additional divertissement.

VIP tickets with special parking and seating package cost $50 per person. Other general admission tickets available. Kindly visit for information and tickets. Salute to America runs June 30 to July 4, 2012.

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Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist and writes for CBS.

He is also a writer for, a Top 100 website, having over 18 million unique monthly visitors. has teamed with Thomson Reuters to license, distribute and share news articles across the United States through their new flagship service, Reuters America. Syndication in Reuters America marks a huge milestone in the history of Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider touching more than 1 billion people a day.

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