MANKATO, MN- Veterans couldn't help but stay in tune as they were serenaded in perfect harmony.

Sunday Punch, a women's A cappella barbershop quartet, provided the entertainment for VINE's Independence Day celebration lunch.

These ladies have been performing for more than a decade and Friday's act helped connect them to the men and women who have served to protect our nation's freedom for so many years.

Sunday Punch member Mary Lou says, "We wanted to show them our patriotism, so we could appreciate their patriotism. It was wonderful looking at their faces. When they all say the star–spangled–banner, we were so thrilled. We love it when people sing with us."

The group is affiliated with the Minnesota Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an worldwide organization for women singers, and travels across southern Minnesota to sing.

Friday, red, white and blue filled the room as both service members and civilians felt the pride of being a U.S. citizen.

The event also allowed these courageous individuals to both meet fellow service members and catch up with old friends.

Current Air Force Reserve member Douglas Schaller says, "It was very entertaining to have the Sweet Adelines here for us today. I've enjoyed listening to patriotic songs and meeting new people."

Navy Cross Award recipient Lee Nordgren says, "There a lot of people that I haven't seen for many years who were here today which was a treat for me."

Food, music and company from their peers highlighted an afternoon in which the salute was aimed toward the flag and those who protect it.

Following Sunday Punch's performance, the art of song spread energetically to the crowd as they themselves looked to end the festivities on a high note.

To contact Sunday Punch, you can contact Mary Lou at 507-340-6092 or email them at kudela@hickorytech.net.

The Minnesota Valley Chorus invites women to visit Grace Lutheran in Mankato on Tuesdays from 7-9:30 p.m.

For information on VINE Adult Community Center programs geared toward veterans and their families, you can visit vinevolunteers.com. 

- KEYC NEWS 12