Portales students celebrate National Anthem Day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

A celebration, honoring “The Star-spangled Banner was held Thursday at the Portales Junior High School. At 9 a.m., faculty, staff and community members gathered to hear representatives from the Portales High School Choir sing the National Anthem.

“MENC (Music Educators National Committee), a music organization across the United States sponsors this event to make sure everybody knows and can sing the star-spangled Banner,” said Franklin Smith, PHS choir director.

For the second year, the Portales schools have participated in the National Anthem Day. Six schools, all across town, were participating in the celebration. Beginning at 9 a.m., members of the PHS Choir were singing “The Star-spangled Banner” simultaneously, said Smith.

“Without my students, this would not have been possible. I’m very proud of the fact that they go out and represent the high school well, both in respect and singing,” Franklin said.

The PNT had the chance to speak with some of the choir students and local veterans about what the National Anthem means to them.

Amanda Holt
PHS Choir
Senior

Q. Why is the National Anthem important to you?
A. “Because it symbolizes our country and freedom that other countries don’t have.

James Golden
PHS Choir
Junior

Q. Why is the National Anthem important to you?
A. “The main reason is it expresses freedom through
the song”

David Clarkson
PJHS Choir
Eighth grade

Q. Why is the National Anthem important to you?
A. “It’s a good song to sing when you feel you’re not believing in your country”

Theta Ainsworth
PJHS Choir
Eighth grade
Q. Why is the National Anthem important to you?
A. “Because it represents our nation’s freedoms”

James Good
Retired Navy
Vietnam veteran

Q. What does the National Anthem mean to you?
A. “I guess it reminds me of patriotism and liberty. It reminds me of all the people who have fought for our liberty. When it is playing, I envision how beautiful our country is. It sometimes brings back memories, good and bad, of being a veteran. It brings up a heartfelt feeling of love, devotion and respect. It does bring a tear to my eye every now and then.”