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Locals celebrate 200 years of our national anthem

Singers, second from left, Karla Messerschmidt Morgan, Viletta Skillman and Elise Ray join nearly 30 others in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on June 14 for its 200th anniversary.  - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Singers, second from left, Karla Messerschmidt Morgan, Viletta Skillman and Elise Ray join nearly 30 others in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on June 14 for its 200th anniversary.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” locals gathered at the corner of Bank of America Park to sing the U.S.’s national anthem by Francis Scott Key on Flag Day, June 14.

Karla Messerschmidt Morgan organized the event in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s “Raise It Up!” event after a Port Angeles event was cancelled. “I’m thrilled,” she said afterward about the turnout of about 30 people. “Anytime you have a spontaneous event and take a stand together, what a gift.”

Deonne Hanson of Sequim took a break from rehearsing with the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus and the Sweet Adelines to run home and put on her red, white and blue for the event.

For more information about the event, visit www.anthemforamerica.si.edu.

 

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