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May 20, 2014

Plans made for united anthem singing

PLATTSBURGH — Americans are being urged to “Raise it Up” on Flag Day, June 14. 

The idea is to come together to participate in potentially the largest unified event in American history, turning the national anthem into “the song that was heard around the world.”

The American Military Retirees Association, headquartered in Plattsburgh, is a national partner and an official location for “Raise it Up! Anthem for America,” a global celebration of the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The song was penned in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after the victorious Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.

Led by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the vision is for Americans across the country and around the world to stop at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and sing the national anthem.

On June 14, officers and members attending the American Military Retirees Association’s national convention at the DoubleTree, 50 Kingsmill Road in Williamsburg, Va., will leave the convention session and assemble in the hotel lobby for a group sing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. sharp. Hotel guests and staff have been invited to join in, as well as any locals who may wish to participate.

The Smithsonian will host a sing-along event in Washington, D.C., on its National Mall terrace, which will culminate in a “moment of national unity” at 4 p.m. EDT.

FLAG ON DISPLAY

The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem.

Made in the summer of 1813 by Mary Pickersgill, a professional flagmaker, the flag was originally 30 by 42 feet with 15 red-and-white wool stripes and 15 cotton stars on the blue canton.

After the war, the flag was privately owned for many years until Eben Appleton loaned it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1907. He converted the loan to a gift in 1912.

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