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Ciara Drexler led the crowd in the chorus of her original song. Audience members held up signs and banners of support and even photos of their military family members. Photo by Stacie Kimball.

Patriotism brought warmth to the air

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Patriotism brought warmth to the air
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
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The temperature was a chilly 41 degrees and small amounts of rain fell, but that didn't dampen the spirits of those at Citizen's Field in Alexandria on Wednesday, October 26.

Ciara Drexler from Barrett wrote a song and had a vision she was determined to see through. The final goal is a music video Drexler hopes will send a message to service men and woman everywhere.

The singer/songwriter wrote Civilian's Song and asked the public to join her in filming a music video. Her motive wasn't fame or fortune - it was to thank those who serve and protect this country.

"I wanted it to be something that could be a voice for other people who might feel the same way I feel," said Drexler. "I wanted to have others join me in thanking them."

The young woman began writing the song in August and admits it came easily to her. She also knew she wanted local people in the music video.

"I wanted it to be local so that service people who see the video can say, 'That's my town,'" said Drexler.

A program preceded the video shoot, which included an opening prayer, singing of the National Anthem by Lauren Quernemoen and the Pledge of Allegiance. Liz Beaumia of the Blue Star Moms and Danielle Palmitessa of the Family Readiness Group spoke about their military family members. City council member and commander of the Alexandria American Legion, Owen Miller, announced the color guard and spoke to the crowd.

Among those attending were Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen and Minnesota Representatives Torrey Westrom and Mary Franson.

Drexler performed the song with members of the band from her church, Destiny Church near Ashby, as videographers filmed the event. Audience members were asked to sing, smile and show their enthusiasm.

She was happy with the turnout for the event. "I felt like it was awesome! The turnout was just the perfect group of people," she said, adding, "I was so thankful that they were willing to work with everything we were doing there."

Now that filming is complete, Drexler and others are working to complete the music video by the week of Veterans Day.

An e-mail list of those at the event and from the Family Readiness Group has been created to notify people when the video is complete.

The video will also be available on YouTube for everyone to see by visiting www.youtube.com and searching Ciara Drexler, Civilian's Song.

For more information or to be on the notification list, e-mail standupminnesota@gmail.com. Or visit Drexler's Facebook page by searching the "Ciara Drexler, Musician/Band" page when on Facebook or the Ciara Drexler artist page on MySpace.

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