Old Salem joins national sing-a-long: Event marked 200th anniversary of national anthem

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Three-year-old Simone Lambert plays before she and her family participate in a community singing of the Star Spangled Banner at Salem Square in Old Salem Saturday, June 14, 2014. Simone attended the event with her parents, Raymond and Susanna of Durham, and her brothers Joseph, 9, and Theo, 7. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Girl Scouts, Little League baseball players and celebrity musicians joined a national celebration Saturday, marking the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the flag that inspired its lyrics.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Old Salem joined the party, too.

A group of about 100 people sang the national anthem at 4 p.m., backed by a small group of horn players. Meanwhile, in Washington, the National Museum of American History had coordinated a celebration and national sing-a-long on the National Mall with an “Anthem for America” concert. At 4 p.m., country singer Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash, led the sing-a-long on the National Mall.

Nationwide, 800 Macy’s stores were planning to play the national anthem as well.

In Winston-Salem, two months of planning went into the event, said Scott Carpenter, the coordinator of the music program at Old Salem.

“We’ve never done anything like this before – singing the national anthem. It’s like being part of the world’s largest choir,” Carpenter said.

Glenn Siebert, a UNCSA associate professor of voice and the music director at Home Moravian Church, played emcee at 4 p.m. to kick off the singing of the national anthem.

Old Salem houses one of 10 surviving copies of the first printed edition of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” published in 1814 by Thomas Carr, a Baltimore publisher.