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Raise it up! Anthem for America

The National Museum of American History is pleased to welcome The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution as a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian Institution ("SI") for the Raise It Up! Anthem for America event to be held on Flag Day, June 14, 2014. Anthem for America will be a live world-wide celebration when millions of Americans come together to commemorate the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner. A celebrity artist will lead Americans in a world-wide singing of the Star-Spangled Banner on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

On Flag Day—Saturday, June 14, 2014—Americans will “Raise it up!’ and come together to turn the national anthem into “the song that was heard around the world.”

The History
Two hundred years ago, Francis Scott Key, inspired by the sight of the flag’s “broad stripes and bright stars,” penned the lyrics that would become the national anthem. His words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own ideals and memories. Today, the Star-Spangled Banner is one of our nation’s most treasured artifacts, cared for and displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The Vision
During this once-in-a-lifetime event to commemorate the Star-Spangled Banner’s bicentennial, Americans around the U. S. will join in the singing of our national anthem with celebrated musical voices. Across the country on June 14th, Americans will host singing parties to celebrate the anniversary and sing the anthem together. The Smithsonian will host Washington, D.C.’s premier singing party live on the National Mall, which will be shared across the nation and around the world via a 90-minute webcast from 2:30 to 4:00 PM EDT.

The live event will include musical performances from America’s top artists and the singing of American patriotic songs by national music groups. This will all lead to the culminating “moment of national unity” at 4:00 PM EDT when America will stop to sing their Anthem live across the country and around the globe. This will be a uniting moment for Americans across the country and around the world.

We encourage Americans to create their own singing parties in their communities and sing along from military bases, National Parks and Monuments, street corners, various public locations (restaurants, pubs, etc.), schools, public parks, youth organizations, and gatherings with family and friends. The Smithsonian is partnering with numerous national organizations to build awareness and participation for the event. We are seeking strategic National Audience Partners to join us to make history on June 14 and throughout this Star-Spangled Summer.

For more information contact Camy Clough at cloughcatsi [dot] edu, and please visit http://anthemforamerica.si.edu for additional updates.