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Vail Mountain School salutes the flag

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Special to the DailyVail Mountain School students raised the American flag last week to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks and to participate in a nationwide effort to teach Americans the lyrics to "The National Anthem."

VAIL – Students, teachers and staff assembled in front of Vail Mountain School last week to raise the school’s new American flag. The entire school, which is participating in the National Anthem project, then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of the National Anthem Project.

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sept. 14, 1814. Nearly two centuries later, the National Anthem Project commemorated the date with students stepping outside their classrooms to sing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” in unison at 9 a.m. local time on Sept. 14. Vail Mountain School’s students and teachers also participated to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks. The National Anthem Project is a multi-year effort to teach Americans the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two out of three Americans don’t know the words, according to a Harris Poll.

The National Association for Music Education has also asked its members, including Vail Mountain School teachers Dave Laub and Mandy Hanson, to make the national anthem and other patriotic songs a part of their classes. “Our goal is to have millions of patriotic voices rising in unison around the country,” says John J. Mahlmann, executive director of the National Association for Music Education. “We hope this program reminds people of the importance of learning our national anthem, and school music programs where we learn the music of our heritage.”During the school’s Sept. 11 commemoration, Michael Ioli, coordinator of the Upper School, talked about friends who died in the attacks as well as those who survived.

Michael Morris, chairman of the English department, read a his poem, “Looking Back.” The school’s percussion class the played a tape in which a drum beat was sounded for each person who died on Sept. 11. Vail Colorado

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