Most of us listen to the voice or at best do a mumble, but tonight, do yourself a favor and sing the thing.
I'm talking about the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Thanks to the killing of Osama Bin Laden last night, tonight's renditions before sporting events seem to have a little more meaning.
If you're in the stands, sing it. If you're at home, sing it.
You'll have some great national voices to get you through.
God Bless America will be a recording of the late Kate Smith, a traditional mainstay before Flyers games, with the live voice of Lauren Hart. Versus will have that before the Philly-Boston game tonight at 7:30 pm ET.
TNT, which usually doesn't broadcast the national anthems before games, is taking the anthem performed by Jim Cornelison at 8pm ET — the top of their broadcast. The Chicago real estate executive who has been signing the song at Blackhawks games since 2008 and the Bulls brought him in for the special moment.
Don't be thrown off.
The crowd in Chicago claps throughout his song. Sing it with Jim the first time around and make sure you record it so you can watch it the second time around for the chills. Trust me, it makes you feel good when you don't take these songs for granted.
Update: I had a chance to talk to Lauren Hart, who also will sing the National Anthem tonight in Philly. "I saw a change in people after 9/11," Hart said. "They paid attention to the anthem more. They truly felt connected. I see teary eyes on a regular basis and I'm sure I'll see that again tonight given what has happened in the last 24 hours."
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