CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - 19 News is joining our sister Gray Television stations across the nation in airing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” every day beginning Monday June 17.
19 News will air the national anthem around 3:55 a.m. daily.
Inspired by the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after a bombardment, Francis Scott Key wrote the initial verse of the anthem on the back of a letter.
He later completed the four verses which a Baltimore newspaper first published, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
A 9-year-old from South Florida named Reina Özbay is the singer.
Reina is a classically trained singer who has been inspiring crowds with her performances since she was 4.