American Symbols: Join the largest “group sing” of the national anthem!

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Click the logo to visit the Smithsonian page for the event.

Flag Day is Saturday, and this is a special Flag Day because it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s poem that became our national anthem. Events are taking place around the country, but there’s one you can join no matter where you live: RAISE IT UP! Sponsored by the National Museum of American History in our nation’s capital, it’s the largest group sing of the national anthem in history.

Will you sing?

If you want to add your voice, mark your calendar for June 14, 2014, at 4:00 PM EDT. There are many ways to participate:

Find and join a local Anthem celebration in your community that’s registered at the RAISE IT UP! web site. (Click on the logo above.)

Host your own Anthem party. The Smithsonian even provides recipes for making Star-Spangled treats and desserts.  And, the Smithsonian store offers Star-Spangled Banner products, including T-shirts, tote bags, pint glasses, coffee mugs, and more.

If you’re in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., you can join the national sing-along at the American History Museum (National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets). If you arrive by 2:30 PM EDT on June 14th, you can enjoy a free concert, featuring guitarist Kristen Capolino, the U. S. Air Force Concert Band, a 400-person choir, and the “Singing Sergeants”—the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force.

If you can’t get to the National Mall, the concert will be live webcast starting at 2:30 PM EDT, also shown later that evening on the Smithsonian Channel.

Do you have a reason to not participate in the celebration of our flag and national anthem?

Will you participate?

Or, is this Saturday simply another day on the calendar?

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  1. Mark says

    I’ll definitely be participating — taking my whole family to the Washington Mall to watch the concert and join in the singing! I’m especially excited that the handwritten manuscript of Key’s poem and the Fort McHenry garrison flag are together for the first time at the Smithsonian. Not sure how long the lines will be and if I’ll get to see it myself, but I’ll try. I’m not precisely certain why but I never tire of the song, in fact my relationship to it seems to grow deeper with every performance. For me it’s a great national anthem.