Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WI patriots and their impromptu late-night rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

From a story by Dan Simmons in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, the drummers and other musicians on the rotunda's ground floor wrapped up for the night. A man grabbed the microphone and, without instrumental accompaniment, started singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Most of the protesters packed tightly around the first- and second-floor balconies, joining in the anthem. Police officers and firefighters — about 40 from various departments who spent the night on Monday — sang along, hands on heart. Elliott Tomaro, a union ironworker from Oregon, sang, too, holding his hard hat over his chest as he stood with other protesters.

"It's a moving experience to have so many people singing the national anthem inside the seat of the government," he said.

They knew the words, too.

Go to Singing together in Wisconsin State Capitol

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