August 7, 2018
Janine Stange is the National Anthem Girl. She is also now a proud member of the All Fifty Club having sung the "The Star Spangled Banner" in all 50 states. Travel Goal Getter was delighted to personally issue her completion certificate in her final state, Tennessee, recognizing her accomplishment.
Janine had sung the national anthem throughout high school and college then developed an idea to use her talent of singing to give back and honor the troops. Her idea became "National Anthem Girl" and a 50 state tour to promote patriotism and gratitude. Her journey began in 2012 and her calendar was quickly filled with performances in front of audiences at basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and football games. She also sang on college campuses, at a NASCAR race, a Professional Bull Riders event and on the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor and so many more unique venues. Her endeavor came to a fantastic finish at a Tennessee Titans football game on August 28, 2014 in Nashville as she sung in the pouring rain making for a passionate and powerful performance.
As for traveling Janine says, "I've seen so many different landscapes, I've heard so many different accents. I feel like I have a friend in every state." She took pictures, videos, was interviewed by radio and TV stations and connected with so many people along the way. Visit the National Anthem Girl website, Facebook page, and Youtube channel to get to know Janine and see America through her eyes as she sang for people across the country, for her country, and for those who have sacrificed on their behalf.
After many of her performances she gave the audience an opportunity to fill out a thank you card for veterans and those who are currently deployed. The cards will be distributed by Operation Gratitude. Thank you cards and a print of an original poem she wrote about the national anthem are offered to donors to the National Anthem Girl Organization which was formed to support Janine's future endeavors to promote patriotism and gratitude.
Janine's next stop will be at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in New York City at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. She will also be a part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland on September 14th.
n Janine's words...about the national anthem.
"For 90 seconds while its being sung, we are as one. It doesn't matter who we want to win, who we voted for, there's solidarity in that moment and I think that's powerful for us as a country.."
Al Whitney - Donated Blood in all 50 states
Gary Flanagan - Three Time 50-Stater, Visited State Capitols and Nearest Church. Gary raised funds and awareness for: Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, The Sgt. Dennis J Flanagan Foundation, The Women's Care Center of Sevier County, Hoops for Heroes, The Station Fire Memorial Fund, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.