The National Anthem Project, a multi-year effort to re-teach Americans The Star-Spangled Banner, will launch Thursday, March 10th in Washington, D.C. at the White House with the support of U.S. Congressman Judge Ted Poe (TX-02). The national education campaign is led by the National Association for Music Education (MENC). First Lady Laura Bush serves as the Honorary Chairperson and is supported by the JeepÆ brand, the projects National Presenting Sponsor.

As a dedicated supporter of education and civic involvement, I am honored to work with the First Lady and MENC to promote music education and help restore Americas voice, Congressman Poe said. I commend this project and encourage the schools in Texas 2nd Congressional District and across the State to take part in programs that teach about our countrys historical traditions.

The campaign launch comes on the heels of a recent Harris Interactive poll that shows two out of three Americans dont know all the words to The Star-Spangled Banner and many are unaware of the historical events that inspired the penning of the song. This startling statistic prompted MENC, the worlds largest arts education association, to spearhead the project and shine the spotlight on the importance of school music programs as this is where most Americans learn the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

Following the kick-off tomorrow, Congressman Poes comments on the project will be available in a Video News Release at the following times and coordinates:

Thursday, March 10, 2005/ 2:30 PM EST-3:00 PM EST

Intelsat A 6 (C), Transponder 15; Audio at 6.2 & 6.8
Downlink Frequency: 4000 (V)

Friday, March 11, 2005/ 10:15 AM EST-10:30 AM EST

Intelsat A 6 (C), Transponder 16, Audio at 6.2 & 6.8
Download Frequency: 4020 (H)

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