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National Anthem Coast to Coast Sing-a-Long: Celebrating Citizenship on September 11, 2015

Mia Toschi | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

Each year, schools struggle with what to do on September 11. Some teachers choose to do nothing. Other educators address 9/11 as part of United States history. While many teachers hold a moment of silence in honor of the heroes and victims.

Teen With Autism Sings A Wonderful Rendition Of The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.18.2015 | Sports

Christopher Duffley came into the world prematurely at only one pound and 12 ounces. His premature birth left him blind, and his parents wou...

And the Banner Yet Waves

Stampp Corbin | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Stampp Corbin

The flag was not ripped down, it was ceremoniously lowered, furled and taken to a museum of Confederate relics. The ceremony itself was the final insult to every African American in the United States. There was no shame displayed as the flag was taken down, simply honor.

Stop Calling It Bastille Day!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.11.2015 | World
Sidonie Sawyer

When I arrived in the States, around my first month of July in New York, people were talking to me and asking me about Bastille Day. And I was like: "What is Bastille Day?"

Mary Tankersley's Declaration of Independence: Childhood Cancer and a Message of Courage and Freedom

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Some moments in life provide such extraordinary images of courage and hope that they demand to be celebrated. The 4th of July provides the perfect backdrop to acknowledge the sacrifices of so many that gave so much to provide the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.

Yankee Doodle Polling: Public Opinion on Patriotism

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion polls confirm what foreign observers have often noted: Americans are a very patriotic people. But what does patriotism mean to the U.S. public, and how tightly is the ideal bound to its symbols?

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

What a Difference 25 Years Makes

Jacquie Jordan | Posted 06.04.2015 | Media
Jacquie Jordan

When Roseanne Barr sang the National Anthem at a 1990 San Diego Padres baseball game, no one seemed to remember she was a comedienne. It was career suicide for the Primetime Network Queen.

Damian McGinty Knocks It Out of the Park with Stunning Performance of National Anthem

Pam Stucky | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

He may be from Northern Ireland, but Damian McGinty (Glee, Celtic Thunder) knocked it out of the park (pun intended) the first time he performed the U.S. national anthem, before an audience of 30,000!

Let's Stop Using the National Anthem at Sporting Events

Alan Colmes | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Alan Colmes

Jamie Foxx is being heavily criticized for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday night's fight. How about stopping this false display of patriotism altogether? What does two people beating the bejesus out of each other have to do with "the rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"?

J.J. Watt Stuns 12-Year-Old National Anthem Singer, Wins The Night

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.22.2015 | Sports

When defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans isn't wowing us with feats of physical prowess, he seems to be having a good time. Tuesday night...

Blind Teen With Cerebral Palsy Sings Show-Stopping National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.08.2015 | Teen

Marlana VanHoose, who has cerebral palsy and was born blind, can sing like a Grammy Award-winning superstar. The 18-year-old, from Denver, Kentucky...

Six-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Completely Crushes The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Parents

This girl has some serious vocal chords. At a recent high school basketball game, 6-year-old Liamani Segura of Racine, Wisconsin, bravely stood up...

Two-Year-Old Sings Hilariously Adorable Rendition Of The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.27.2015 | Good News

Few celebrities have a stage presence as commanding as Trent Harris. Trent is only 2 years old, and though he fumbled a bit with both the lyrics an...

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

13-Year-Old's Rendition Of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Is NUTS

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 12.01.2014 | Teen

If you haven't heard of 13-year-old singing sensation Quintavious Johnson, give him 29 seconds to change that with his magical rendition of "The Star-...

World Series Anthem Flub: We've Seen (And Done) Worse

Mark Carpowich | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Carpowich

Did you miss Aaron Lewis's now-infamous flub of the national anthem at the start of Sunday's World Series game? Don't worry, no fewer than 10 YouTube users have posted a video for you to watch. Maybe you want to see what all the fuss was about. Or, if you're one of the many who have criticized him, maybe you just need to get a life.

WATCH: National Anthem Singer Trips, Keeps Singing

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.06.2014 | Sports

There's never any harm in rolling out the red carpet for someone, right? Just make sure he knows it's out there -- before he repeatedly trips over ...

Proof That Nobody Knows The National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Comedy

This past weekend marked the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," so Jimmy Kimmel had his cameras hit the streets to see how many people a...

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

FLASHBACK: Marvin Gaye Delivers Iconic Anthem At 1983 NBA All-Star Game

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

There will never be another Marvin Gaye. There is only one "The Star-Spangled Banner." When these two American originals crossed paths, the result was...

Honduras: The Patriotism Bill

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

There was one round of debate in the legislative chamber before the measure's final approval, and apparently all those who participated in the exchanges were pleased and satisfied with the final language. Hmm, not so fast. I'd like a shot at amending the bill.

NFL Champs Open Season With Anthem Fail

Posted 09.04.2014 | Sports

Football may have a hard time officially wresting the title of "America's Pastime" from baseball if NFL teams can't even get the lyrics to the nationa...

6 Patriotic Songs For Labor Day Weekend

William Astore | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Let's stress, and stress again, the importance of national beauty and brotherhood, liberty and freedom, and equality of access for all.

The Star Spangled Banner Actually Says That?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

I often have people tell me that those involved in the early history of our country were not followers of the Christian faith. If I had more time I w...