I got a very interesting press release this morning. It’s about Janine Stange. She’s definitely a lady on a mission. Janine has been working hard to achieve a goal. That goal is to sing our National Anthem in all 50 states in time for the 200th anniversary of the songs writing. Below is her story, with links to where you can read more about her. And, if you would like to help her achieve this goal, there is even a link where you can donate.
Janine Stange, who has come to be known as “The National Anthem Girl,” is set to make history by completing her mission to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” in all 50 states in time for the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics for the hallowed song on September 14, 2014.
The Long Island, NY native has performed the Anthem in 43 states to date, and the final seven are scheduled. Tennessee will mark her 50th state, when she sings prior to the Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL preseason game in Nashville on August 28 at 7:00pm CST. Janine has also been invited to perform for MLB’s Detroit Tigers (Aug. 16), aboard the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor (Aug. 22), and she will open the festivities of the 200th Anniversary for the Star Spangled Spectacular at Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry (Sept. 14).
At each stop, Janine sets up a table after she performs and provides blank “thank you” cards for attendees to write messages to our deployed military and veterans. Each card goes into an Operation Gratitude military care package.
“I love the Star Spangled Banner, and the brave men and women who embody its meaning,” said Janine. “I believe gratitude is the core of patriotism. Giving others the opportunity to personally thank those who keep us free to sing our nation’s anthem is an honor. Seeing parents explain what the word ‘patriotism’ or ‘veteran’ means to their children as they write out a thank you note together is priceless.”
Janine has been performing the “Star Spangled Banner” since high school. As she continued to sing, she recounts getting to meet real American heroes, and says, “I began to feel it was the thing I had to do.” She ‘officially’ began her journey to all 50 states on July 3, 2012 at the Tampa Yankees vs Dunedin Blue Jays MiLB game. Since then, audiences big and small have witnessed her journey including: NY Knicks, Cincinnati Reds, NHMS Sprint Cup NASCAR Race, Pro Bull Riders, LA Kings, UCLA, Southern Mississippi, Xavier University, and many more.
Her determination and patriotism caught the attention of Fox & Friends, and this past April, she was invited to share her mission and perform live in studio on national television. Although much of the initial funding has come from her own savings and airline points, Stange has set up a non-profit so supporters can donate funds to help defray her travel costs associated with visiting all 50 states.
“For 90 seconds, no matter who we voted for, or what team we want to win – we are as one. When we stand with our hands over our hearts, we are singing ‘our song.’ That is always to be regarded as a privilege, not a formality. I hope this mission brings a renewed awareness, honor and respect for those who have fought and sacrificed their time, well being, families…and lives for our freedom.”
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