'The National Anthem Girl' makes Comerica Park state No. 48 on anthem bicentennial tour
DETROIT — Long Island native Janine Stange, known as “The National Anthem Girl,” has almost completed her mission to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” in all 50 states before the song’s bicentennial next month.
Her stop at Comerica Park on Saturday, to perform the anthem before the Detroit Tigers played the Seattle Mariners, crossed off state No. 48 on her list.
“For 90 seconds, no matter who we voted for, or what team we want to win — we are as one. When we stand with our hands over our hearts, we are singing 'our song.’ That is always to be regarded as a privilege, not a formality,” she said in a press release. “I hope this mission brings a renewed awareness, honor and respect for those who have fought and sacrificed their time, well being, families...and lives for our freedom.”
The only stops left are at the U.S.S. Missouri memorial in Pearl Harbor next Friday, followed by her final stop in Nashville, Tenn., for the Tennesee Titans and Minnesota Vikings game.
On Sept. 14, she’ll open the festivities for the bicentennial celebration, somewhere near the ramparts of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, Md.
Her journey started in her home state on July 3, 2012, performing before a game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
For more on her tour, go to www.nationalanthemgirl.org.