RED BANK: JOIN IN ON FLAG DAY SINGALONG

rb elks 061114The Elks Lodge will host a communal singing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Saturday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mi, mi, mi….

Warm up your pipes, Red Bank area belters. Here’s your shot at singing on a national platform.

Francis Scott Key’s ‘Star Spangled Banner‘ is 200 years old this year, and in conjunction with Flag Day this Saturday, the Smithsonian Institution is planning a 200th-anniversary event called “Raise It Up” that features a national singalong to the national anthem.

Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 is participating, with a singing of the anthem at Riverside Gardens Park, next door to its West Front Street clubhouse, at 4 p.m.

Participating are Boy Scout Troop 67, the Chorus of the Atlantic and the bagpipers of Atlantic Watch, as well as the officers and members of Red Bank Elks #233 Leading the singalong will be the lodge’s Exalted Ruler, Joe McGrath.

The event will be televised, and the lodge plans to have a TV in its backyard and audio speakers in the park.

The public is invited to chime in, and participants are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m.

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