The Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus from Newtown, Connecticut sang "America the Beautiful" before Super Bowl XLVII tonight. They were joined by Jennifer Hudson midway through the performance.
Sandy Hook Elementary was the scene of the December 14 shooting in which 20 first graders and six adults were killed.
The performance was a moving moment for the Super Bowl, both in the way the song was delivered, as well as simply having those kids on the field. Twitter liked the moment as well:
Newtown. So proud of those kids. Just fantastic.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 3, 2013
God bless those kids. Now and forever.— Esteban Cebreros (@az_dolfan) February 3, 2013
Sandy Hook choir and Jennifer Hudson…that'll choke you up— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) February 3, 2013
Jennifer Hudson should not have been involved in American the Beautiful.Absolutely, 100% should have been just the #SandyHook choir.— Kevin Nogle (@thephinsider) February 3, 2013
Getting a little dusty in the press box with the Sandy Hook choir singing America the Beautiful. Great choice— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) February 3, 2013
Welp... Perspective. Thank you, Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 3, 2013
Was just there this week. Amazing resolve. Indomitable spirit. #SandyHook— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) February 3, 2013
Best rendition of "America the Beautiful" .....ever— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) February 3, 2013
The entire Superdome went silent when the Sandy Hook children were introduced.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 3, 2013