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LV Singers to honor National Anthem anniversary

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

On Saturday, June 14, the Licking Valley Singers invite the entire community to join them in a special celebration to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem of the United States.

In observance of the National Anthem’s bicentennial, the Licking Valley Singers will gather at the flagpole in front of the Handy House at Flat Run Veterans Park at 3:30 p.m. for a community-wide sing-a-long of great American patriotic songs.

At 4 p.m., the community will throw their voices together with others across the nation to sing the National Anthem. Groups across the country will be participating in this event, said Licking Valley Singers chair Jackie Burrell.

This is a national event sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Burrell explained.

“The vision is a sing-a-long across the country,” Burrell said.

Joining the Licking Valley Singers will be members of the Robinson’s Kentucky Cavalry Brigade wearing their civil war uniforms from the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Cynthiana reenactment.

A Boy Scout troop will raise the American flag at about 3:45 and members of the Harrison County ROTC will present a color guard for the celebration.

“Everything that we sing will be familiar patriotic songs,” Burrell said. “And, of course, the big event will be singing the national anthem.”

Everyone is invited and families can remain afterward to picnic and celebrate with the singers, she said.

 “I hope we get a lot of people for this event,” Burrell said.