Fire Capt. Keith Sessions will sing anthem July 4 in Edmonds

By Ian Davis-Leonard | Jun 28, 2018
Courtesy of: Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Capt. Keith Sessions

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has selected firefighter and military veteran Keith Sessions to sing the national anthem at the An Edmonds Kind of fourth fireworks show.

“It’s a big honor for me to be chosen,” said Sessions, a father of five who served in the Air Force as a firefighter for a decade and now is a captain with South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue. “It’s a big responsibility, and I don’t take it lightly.”

Sessions began singing as a child at his church and in choir.

Military service isn’t the only reason the national anthem holds a special place in Sessions’ heart.

“My wife and I met in the Air Force, and it means a lot to me, that song,” he said. “I like to sing it whenever I can because of that.”

Shannon Sessions, Keith’s wife and a city councilmember in Lynnwood, entered her husband into the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce contest last year, but he was beaten out by 8-year-old Max Ferrer.

When the Chamber of Commerce was unable to fit the competition into its busy schedule of events this year, it reached out to Sessions to see if he would be willing to take it on.

“It’s exciting, for sure,” Sessions said.

Chamber President Greg Urban said Sessions was a natural choice after his strong showing last year and his dedication to the community.

“As he put forth the effort to compete last year, it made sense to offer him the ability to sing the national anthem,” Urban said.

Sessions has experience singing at other local celebrations and remembrances, including Behind the Badge Foundation events, Memorial Day events in Lynnwood and at funerals for fallen police officers.

“I like to be involved in the community, and it’s fun to get out there and participate in all the different events,” Sessions said.

Along with the firework show, the 111th installment of An Edmonds Kind of Fourth includes the Beat Brackett 5K, Baby Brackett 1K, Children’s Parade and Main Parade, all in downtown Edmonds.

The day of festivities costs more than $60,000 to produce and is paid for by the Chamber of Commerce.

“We are only able to do this event with the help of business sponsorships, the Hazel Miller grant and donations by the public,” Urban said. “The public can help support the event by registering for the 5K, marching in the parade or donating money to the Edmonds Chamber Foundation.”

The firework show is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. with Sessions’ performance of the national anthem.

 

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