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Tribute to Des Moines and Urbandale Police Officers

Mr. Weinreich, Oskaloosa High School choir instructor, recorded the Oskaloosa High School Choir members singing the National Anthem and sent the recording along with this email, composed by 2 of the students to the Urbandale and Des Moines Police Departments on November 2nd, 2016 in response to the shootings of two of their officers.


To all metro police departments affected by the events on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, the Oskaloosa Choirs would like to offer our deepest condolences to you and your families. We all wanted to find a way to reach out to you and help you in this hard time. We sought to do this in the best way we know how, through music. Attached to this email you will find a recording of our national anthem sung by our choirs here at Oskaloosa High School. We decided to sing the national anthem because it represented the service and ultimate sacrifices these brave men demonstrated throughout their careers. They may not have been part of our direct community, but they are a part of the Iowa family we all belong to. We hope this brings you some comfort in this hard time. Oskaloosa, Iowa is only a small part of the nation that is here to support you.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the community. Everyone affected by this tragedy is in the thoughts and prayers of the choir members, the staff, and the other students at Oskaloosa. We wish you the best throughout this hard time.

With deepest sympathy,

The Oskaloosa High School Choirs.

Click here to play the National Anthem recorded by the choirs.