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2007.09.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

National Anthem Project to Take Place Sept. 14 at UNO

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) faculty, staff, students and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators will sing the national anthem Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the Henningson Memorial Campanile as part of the National Anthem Project. All are invited to attend the celebration.

"September 14th is an important day in our nation's history. On this day, Francis Scott Key penned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' after witnessing American forces defend Fort McHenry from British troops," said Melissa Berke, associate professor of music at UNO. "The members of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) - our nation's music teachers - want all Americans to know our national anthem and take pride in singing it together."

The National Anthem Project has been designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. Schools across the country will be joining together Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

For more information on the National Anthem Project, visit the Web at http://www.thenationalanthemproject.org, or contact Berke at 554.3609 or mberke@mail.unomaha.edu.

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