It wasn’t enough to just sing the national anthem, as students celebrated the history of the Star Spangled Banner by singing, saluting the flag, and learning about the history behind this important American tribute to liberty.
This year, students at the University School of Jackson combined the National Anthem Project celebrating the history of the anthem with a Freedom Shrine dedication.
“It’s a great marriage of two events,” said music teacher Elizabeth Atkins. “It just goes hand in hand.”
What is the Freedom Shrine? It is replicas of several historical documents ranging from the Bill of Rights and the Gettysburg Address to the 19th amendment. The school shrine was sponsored by parents and is part of a national project of the Exchange Club.
Before the shrine dedication, several students shared the history of the national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key. According to Atkins, the National Anthem Project is celebrated nationally. The National Association for Music Education started the project after learning that nearly two thirds of American adults did not know all the words of the anthem.