Raise It Up! Sing Along!

Star Spangled Banner

This Saturday, June 14th, 2014, is Flag Day. This is the day we Americans celebrate the adoption of our national flag on June 14th, 1777. Until the latter part of the 19th century, we didn’t have a separate day celebrating our beloved banner. As a matter a fact, it wasn’t until the summer of 1949 that President Truman signed an act making June 14th National Flag Day. You can read more about our flag’s history here.

This year, the 200th anniversary of our national anthem the Star-Spangled Banner, the Smithsonian Institution is hosting a major celebration. Here are details:

Join us on June 14th as we host Raise It Up! Anthem for America, a national celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.  On that day, people around the world will unite to sing our national anthem at 4:00 PM EDT and kick-off a Star-Spangled summer.

Here are three ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner on Flag Day:

  • Join us at the museum for a concert featuring guitarist Kristen Capolino, local blues band Little Bit a Blues, a 400-person choir, The United States Air Force Concert Band, and the official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, the Singing Sergeants. See Francis Scott Key’s original “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript on loan from the Maryland Historical Society, the dress opera singer Renée Fleming wore to sing at the anthem at the Super Bowl, and, of course, the real Star-Spangled Banner flag. Can’t make it? We’ll webcast it live online.
  • Host your own party, using our tips for delicious, star-spangled snacks. Don’t forget to watch our concert webcast and tune in to the Smithsonian Channel later that evening.
  • Find a celebration in your community on our party map. Sumner, Washington (WHOO HOO! -wildninja), the “rhubarb pie capital,” is hosting an old-fashioned town concert. The James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia, presents a kazoo version of the anthem. Edmond Historical Society and Museum in Oklahoma will showcase their flag collection.
  • No matter how you celebrate, share your photos with the hashtag #raiseitup. 

So join fellow Americans around the globe at 1 P.M. Pacific time in proudly belting out our national anthem. You’ll be able to watch this event live on their Anthem for America site and on YouTube. The Anthem for America site has information on the history of the American flag, the history of the song, conservation of the actual Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, and more. It’s a fascinating look at our nation’s heritage.

As a descendant of patriots who dared stand up to oppression and injustice, I have a passionate love of my nation and its flag. My people sacrificed much to make this country succeed and in celebrating Old Glory I celebrate them and what Teddy Roosevelt called the virtues that made America: courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood.

My fellow Americans– long live the U.S.A., baby, yeah! Fly those flags!

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Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.     -John Wayne

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