Saturday, January 31, 2009

Star Spangled Banner

While in DC for the March for Life, we spent some time in the newly renovated American History Museum. We wanted to see the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812, inspiring our national anthem.

We arrived just in time for an impromptu recital by the Boys Choir of Kenya. In town for the inauguration, they sang The Star Spangled Banner (right outside the flag exhibit), America the Beautiful, and an upbeat African song. They were fantastic! It was very moving to hear them sing our patriotic songs so beautifully.

Near the end of the exhibit there is a montage of photos and recordings of the anthem. Included is a bit of my all time favorite rendition--Whitney Houston singing at Super Bowl 25 in 1991, when we were involved in another Middle East conflict. Thanks to the wonders of today's internet, I can enjoy her talent once again.

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