Sandy Hook Elementary school choir sings 'America the Beautiful'
More than a month after the tragic shooting of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the school’s choir performed background vocals to “America the Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLVII with Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson Sunday.
Fans removed their hats and bowed their heads as the 26 children sang in memory of the 26 students and faculty killed by a gunman some seven weeks ago in one of the worst school massacres in U.S. history.
The children, clad in white polo shirts embroidered with green angels and pinned with green ribbons in memory of the lives that were lost, were joined midway through the song by Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson. Some players on the field appeared emotional as the smiling kids then swayed in time behind Hudson and sang background vocals for her.20 first-grade students and six adults tragically passed away in one of the most gruesome shootings in American history on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. 26 students were selected to sing "America the Beautiful," -- the same number of victims nearly two months ago.
"It was amazing to watch those kids," said Connecticut State Rep. Dan Carter, who represents part of Newtown. "It's such a real example of how people can move forward from something so horrific.
"There's nothing more American than football. It's a real show of support by our country," he said.
Watch the video of the Sandy Hook choir singing at the 2013 Super Bowl to the left of this article.