Video: David Archuleta Salutes the Troops at 'A Capitol Fourth'


Video: David Archuleta Salutes the Troops at 'A Capitol Fourth'


The 2008 'American Idol' runner-up kicked off 4th of July celebration with 'Star Spangled Banner' and then paid homage to military with 'Stand by Me'.

David Archuleta dedicated one of his performances at the 30th anniversary broadcast of "A Capitol Fourth" to the United States troops and their families. Introduced by host Jimmy Smits as the singer who "survived Simon Cowell", he honored the heroes with "Stand by Me".

Prior to that, the 2008 runner-up of "American Idol" opened the celebration, held as part of event to commemorate the U.S. independence day, with a rendition of "Star Spangled Banner". Other performers at the Sunday, July 4 festivity were Gladys Knight and Reba McEntire.

Additionally, McEntire was handed with National Artistic Achievement Award for her "dedication to enriching the national legacy of the performing arts as well as her lifetime of musical contributions." Previous recipients of this special honor included John Williams, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan as well as Stevie Wonder.

Aired on PBS, the gig took place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds. It was closed with a fireworks display above the National Mall. The First Family and their military guests watched the evening's fireworks from the South Lawn of the White House.

"Stand by Me":



"Star Spangled Banner":



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Comments

  •  
    Ashley
    Jul 06, 2010

    David was AMAZING as always <3

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    Amy (in VA)
    Jul 06, 2010

    NOBODY sings the National Anthem better than David Archuleta. sheesh. I was at the dress rehearsal for this event and though I've seen vids of David singing it acapella many times, it just blew me away. He has the gift of making you FEEL the song! Bravo.

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    Lela
    Jul 05, 2010

    David Archuleta is just "AWESOME." I was so proud of him when he opened the show with his stellar performance of the national anthem song and again when he paid tribute to the troops with his superb performance, "Stand By Me." He is truly an American Idol that exemplifies all the quality traits of a great person. God Bless American and David A.

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    Kathy
    Jul 05, 2010

    David did such an outstanding job last night at the Capital performance. He has a voice that just lifts your spirits. The star of the show I might add!

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    djafan
    Jul 05, 2010

    David Archuleta gave a stellar performance last night. What a blessing to all who were there and thank you to who ever had the foresight of inviting him to this great event.

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    smf
    Jul 05, 2010

    I loved watching David steal the show! He's so talented, so stellar. He is going to be around for a long long time. God Bless America! And God bless David Archuleta. What a precious spirit....

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    trudyfod
    Jul 05, 2010

    I saw the show Capital 4th - thanks for posting David's songs - he was amazing last night! simply stunning performances :)

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    Sharon (Gmax)
    Jul 05, 2010

    It is hard to come up with new superlatives to describe David, his talent and his unbelievable heart! Suffice it to say, many more people now know of this remarkable young man and his musical genius. His performance was just stellar! I am so proud to be an American, and a fan of David's. The journey that he is taking us on is one big Happy Dance!

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    Tims
    Jul 05, 2010

    Can we borrow David to sing our national anthem, Advance Australia Fair?

  •  
    waffles
    Jul 05, 2010

    David is SO talented and SO cute (hot!) that I thought the fireworks were boring compared to watching David :) His new single is AWESOME too!!!!

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    Jenna
    Jul 05, 2010

    Thanks for posting the videos. It was such a pleasure to watch David perform the SSB and then Stand By Me. He is such a class act (and in a class all his own) I might add! I agree, David is a vocal dynamo and as genuine and sincere as they come. He was wonderful!

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    Bebereader
    Jul 05, 2010

    David Archuleta, a true American Idol! His vocals soared last night and powerfully conveyed the meaning of the songs. What an honor and privilege to be invited to this event. David Archuleta can always be counted on to deliver a solid performance.

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    jess
    Jul 05, 2010

    Yeah! He was amazing.

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    kent
    Jul 05, 2010

    American Idol should be proud of discovering a young talent like David Archuleta who is clean, wholesome, respectful, and admirable. Not to mention, he can kick adult singers' butt.

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    dma
    Jul 05, 2010

    His voice is just mesmerizing. Can't get enough of his sound. His deep respect for this country is also a real joy to behold. After two years of screaming girls and adulation he is still just David wanting his music to touch you.

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    tina
    Jul 04, 2010

    david archuleta was stunning - the anthem and stand by me were the best performances on the show. awesome, and the fireworks at the end were spectacular. the guy is a vocal dynamo.

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