50 National Anthems in 50 States for Janine Stange
Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 10:33 PM CDT
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Nashville, Tenn.-- Despite the inclement weather, one petite woman with a big voice achieved her goal of singing the Star Spangled Banner in all 50 states tonight.
Janine Stange is known as "The National Anthem Girl." She embarked on her journey two years ago, wanting to meet her deadline of September 14th, 2014. The day marks the 200th anniversary for the Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics to the National Anthem.
Janine Stange says," I love singing the national anthem. I've always wanted to give back to the people that represented the song. I've seen so many different landscapes, I've heard so many different accents. I feel like I have a friend in every state. People love the troops and hear that something is going on that is really patriotic."
Her audience and arenas have changed, but her message remains the same.
Stange says, "For 90 seconds while its being sung, we are as one. It doesn't matter who want to win, who we voted for there's solidarity in that moment and I think that's powerful for us as a country...to come together and realize that we are here and this is our country."
At every location, Stange provides blank thank you cards for troops. Others can stop by her booth and share their appreciation through Operation Gratitude.
"People who've walked up to the table with tears in their eyes saying they wished they served, but they have friends overseas that didn't come home. It just brings out a lot of emotions and I think that can cause and effect a good change," she says.
Thursday night at LP Field, she sang before the Tennessee Titans took on the Minnesota Vikings, marking her 50th state.
Stange says, :" To end in Tennessee, in Music City, it doesn't get any better than that."
Her mission is complete, but her song and message she hopes will inspire long after.
"The national anthem is not a formality. It's not just something we sing to get on with something else. It's our song."
Janine Stange uses her own funds to travel for her cause. CLICK HERE for more information on helping.
The next stop for the National Anthem Girl is to sing at the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore.
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