'National Anthem Girl' Stops in Maryville

Published 05/24 2014 09:33PM

Updated 05/24 2014 10:39PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Meet Janine Stange, better known as, 'The National Anthem Girl.'

She's hoping to make history by singing the National Anthem in all 50 states before September 14 of this year.

That is the 200th anniversary from the time Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics for the Star-Spangled Banner.

"Francis Scott Key, when he wrote that song [Star-Spangled Banner], he was at the bottom of the ship, watching his men fight for the freedom of this country," she said.

Stange began her mission in the summer of 2012 in Florida.

On Saturday, she hit state number 32, by singing at the Country Music Festival in Maryville.

"We are just honored and thrilled, and she has just made this event a big, huge event," said Joyce Cronin, Owner of Nodaway Broadcasting.

Stange says reaching her goal means a lot to her, but sharing her passion for patriotism means the most.

"That song embodies all the men, and women, who are serving this country; they represent that song," said Stange.

She started this journey with a desire to honor the men and women who serve our country.

At every event, she has cards for people to fill out to express their gratitude.

Each card is included in a care package sent off by Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends 100,000 packages to soldiers

"We're really privileged in this country, and I hope people are even more aware of that through this effort," said Stange.

"We love our country, and it's just great to have something celebrated this huge in our city," said Cronin.

Stange says singing the National Anthem is another way to say 'thank you' to those who served and continue to fight for our country.

"The National Anthem is the one song, for 90 seconds, no matter who you voted for, no matter what team you want to win, we're one. It's our country."

To donate to Stange's journey, click here.

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