2014-06-14 / News

National Anthem Celebration Planned at Fort Mackinac

Boys Choir to Perform; Part of National Observance

The Metropolitan Boys Choir of Minneapolis and Saint Paul will lead the singing of the national anthem, part of the “Raise It Up! Anthem for America” program Saturday, June 14, at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island.

The event is spearheaded by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History. At 4 p.m. citizens across the country are asked to join in the celebration of the bicentennial of the American national anthem.

As part of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ efforts to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Metropolitan Boys Choir will begin with a concert of patriotic music on the parade ground of Fort Mackinac at noon.

“It’s a great privilege to host the Metropolitan Boys Choir at Fort Mackinac,” said Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks. “This concert goes hand-in-hand with our commemoration of the War of 1812 and we look forward to sharing it with our visitors.”

Joined by Fort Mackinac interpreters, the Metropolitan Boys Choir will lead the crowd in singing the national anthem at 4 p.m., as the fort flag is raised. Guests are invited to stay for a second performance of the concert of patriotic music, after the raising of the flag.

The Metropolitan Boys Choir is an organization of young men from the 12-county metropolitan area surrounding Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The boys range in age from 5 to 15 and the group has toured across the country and in many other countries. The choir was founded in 1971.

This event requires Fort Mackinac’s regular admission charge of $12 for adults and $7 for youth ages 5 to 17.

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