Arlington schools to join 9/11 singing of national anthem

musical notesOn September 11, Arlington Community Schools will participate in the American Public Education Foundation’s annual singing of the national anthem. Singing will begin at precisely noon p.m. in all schools.

Students are being asked to join together and simultaneously sing the national anthem. That request is being made by the American Public Education Foundation (APEF), which will provide free, educational resources on the words, meaning and history of the song.

The national anthem movement began two years ago and asks students to unite and sing together at 10 a.m. PST and 1 p.m. EST.

This year’s event concludes a year-long celebration commemorating the 200th birthday of the national anthem and the foundation hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records simultaneous sing-a-long of the anthem. If the record is broken, an announcement will be made on Sept. 14, 2015 — the birthday of the national anthem.

Students, parents and teachers can learn more about the movement at