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Woodside celebrates national anthem anniversary

Woodside Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated the anniversary of the national anthem by singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” simultaneously with students across the nation. The nationwide celebration took place Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. Students who were in Heather Cheslock’s music class sang a rousing rendition of the anthem accompanied by guitar.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle proclaimed Sept. 14 National Anthem Project Day and urged Wisconsin residents to celebrate the history of our national anthem. The proclamation also recognized the importance of maintaining Wisconsin’s school music programs.

Woodside students annually study the history of the national anthem as they prepare to sing it for their school’s annual Veteran’s Day Program, which will be celebrated Nov. 11. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade practice singing the anthem and hear the story behind the lyrics in their music classes. The entire school then sings the anthem at the opening of the Veteran’s Day Program, which local veterans are invited to attend.

This year’s program will feature first grade students singing patriotic songs. Any veterans who are in attendance will be asked to stand so the students can applaud for them. The program will be repeated Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. for families of the first grade students.