June 14, 2007

CRAPO SUPPORTS NATIONAL ANTHEM PROJECT

On Flag Day, resolution recognizes national anthem, importance of school music programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 14, Flag Day, is a good time to honor our country's national anthem, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. He joined with other Senators today in introducing a Senate resolution honoring the National Anthem Project, a national campaign to promote "The Star-Spangled Banner" and emphasize the importance of school music programs. Idaho Senator Larry Craig and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh introduced the measure, which Crapo co-sponsored.

"Our national anthem pays tribute to the unifying symbol of our great nation - the flag of the United States of America," said Crapo. "For years, this patriotic song has been taught in our schools, performed at sporting events and sung with pride by Americans across the country, yet many Americans don't even know all the words to the song!

"The National Anthem Project is a valiant effort by music teachers and contributors across the country to revitalize interest and understanding of this historic anthem, while promoting quality music education in our schools. Music is an important aspect of our children's education and our cultural heritage. We must continue this time-honored tradition of teaching the national anthem and supporting music education in our schools, and I am pleased to support the National Anthem Project through this resolution."

The National Anthem Project launched in 2005 and conducted a "Road Tour" to communities throughout the United States, including a stop in Boise, Idaho. The Project was also featured in the 2007 Rose Bowl.

The project ends its two-year campaign today at a "Grand Finale" event at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Five thousand people representing 42 states will be in attendance, and included as one of the event's performers is "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band.

Supporters of the resolution include First Lady Laura Bush, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the National Education Association and the National School Boards Association.