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Marching Vikes head to D.C.

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North High Marching Vikes have been invited to be part of the special Veterans Day Ceremonies in Washington D.C. scheduled for this coming weekend following the band’s first trip to semi-state last weekend.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters said he appreciates the challenge it is for the Marching Vikes to advance to semi-state since he participated in the high school’s band in the 1970s, and he applauds the students efforts and accomplishments.

“That’s a very satisfying accomplishment for a marching band from a school that’s had a long history,” said Fetters. “For the first time to get to semi-state, that’s just really great.” 

Fetters will be seeing the band off and congratulating them on their achievement at the High School at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they head off to the nation’s capital.

“We’re going to get them sent off and wish them all the best as they head to Washington, D.C. to represent Huntington,” said Fetters. “They’ve had a very successful year.”

The band will then travel by chartered bus to Washington DC to prepare for the events in the following schedule:

On Sunday, Nov. 10 the Marching Vikes will be performing at the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorials as part of the “Parade of Heroes”. On Monday, Nov. 11, they will be performing at the Air Force Memorial, overlooking Arlington National Cemetery. On Tuesday, Nov. 12 the group will tour the National Archives and the Capitol Building and make the return trip to Huntington.

In addition to the performances, the students will also visit the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknowns, the Smithsonian Museums, and Ford’s Theatre. They will also enjoy a guided bus tour of the cities’ monuments and an evening dinner cruise to celebrate their participation in these events.

“Washington, D.C. is just such an iconic location, the seat of our nation’s government, and for them to be representing our community in the nation’s capital is quite an honor,” Fetters said.

The band and chaperones will be leaving from Door 34 at the Huntington North High School.