NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – On Monday, people will celebrate the Fourth of July with parades and picnics. Those who sing the National Anthem publicly celebrate their patriotism year-round.
Two men and a female quartet, all with varied backgrounds, have one thing in common: in the past 12 days, they’ve performed the patriotic song.
On June 16, the opening night of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the quartet known as the Chord of Appeals sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Kathy Grischow says it’s one of their favorite places to sing all year.
“It gives us a chance to honor our nation,” Lana Opel said.
Then on June 19 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station open house in Vienna, Tech. Sgt. Marshall Hunsaker of the 910th Air Lift Wing stood in the background as the colors were presented.
“During my time in the military, I’ve been able to sing Portuguese National Anthem, the Korean National Anthem, the Canadian National Anthem,” he said.”It’s an honor and I enjoy doing it.”
Back at Eastwood Field on June 27, Sharon’s Mike Brayer, now living in Warren, inspired the crowd.
“I was born blind and in my left eye, I have no eye and in my right eye, my nerves were dead and detached from my brain. My mom was on birth control pills when she was pregnant in the ’70s and didn’t know it.”
Hunsaker says it means more with a uniform on.
“That’s what you’re representing, as a person and as a profession, is the U.S. National Anthem.”
The Scrappers held an audition in May to select singers to perform the 81-word song for the season.