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.