Local Students Join Nationwide Sing-a-long of The Star-Spangled Banner
Freedom Center to Hold Event on September 11, 2015
(CINCINNATI, OH – September 8, 2015) The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced today that more than 500 students from Erpenbeck Elementary, Goodridge Elementary and Collins Elementary will participate in the nationwide sing-a-long of “The Star-Spangled Banner” this Friday, September 11, 2015. Students across the United States will come together for the National Anthem movement and simultaneously sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 10:00 a.m. PST and 1:00 p.m. EST.
Other national educational partners participating in this event include Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Politics in New Hampshire, Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Newseum in Washington DC. The request to bring students together is made by the American Public Education Foundation (APEF) which provides free, educational resources on the words, meaning and history of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The National Anthem movement began two years ago.
“The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is honored to host students for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' sing-a-long,” says Dr. Michael Battle, executive vice president and provost. “We connect the lessons of the past, our collective history, to the present. By participating in the National Anthem movement we are connecting our young people to historically powerful words that continue to inspire American ideals while honoring how much we have overcome as a nation.”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key as he watched British ships bombard Fort McHenry, Maryland, during the War of 1812. The song became the National Anthem by an act of Congress in 1931. Although it has four stanzas, the most commonly sung stanza is the first one.
“Getting students involved in learning the words and meaning of our nation’s anthem, as well as uniting as a country on 9/11 is powerful,” says Mia Toschi, founder of the National Anthem movement and APEF national director of strategic partnerships. “When students come together to celebrate citizenship, everyone wins.”
Educators are encouraged to visit theapef.org to download free resources and to sign up for the nationwide sing-a-long. This year’s event concludes a year-long celebration commemorating the 200th birthday of the National Anthem and the foundation hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records simultaneous sing-a-long of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. If the record is broken, an announcement will be made on September 14, 2015 – the birthday of the National Anthem.
For more information on participating schools, please contact MVT MEDIA firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 524-2422. Media are encouraged to arrive by 12:45 p.m. EST at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Friday, September 11, 2015.
Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates is an official sponsor of the National Anthem movement.