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Local Children Join In Nationwide Singing of Star Spangled Banner

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Children gather at the Freedom Center to sing the National Anthem.

More than a thousand school children gathered at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Friday to mark Patriot Day by singing the National Anthem.

The effort was part of the National Anthem Movement. Founder Mia Toschi calls it "a simple yet meaningful event that celebrates citizenship and provides teachers with an activity on 9/11."

Participating teachers were provided free educational resources to teach students about the words, meaning, music, and history of the Star Spangled Banner.

Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of students gathered for the sing-a-long at 1 p.m. It was also an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for a simultaneous sing-a-long.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.