Football fans who were at the Tennessee Titans' preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings saw more than the home team lose on Thursday night — they also witnessed the completion of a dream.
Janine Stange, who has come to be known as "The National Anthem Girl," made history that night by becoming the first person to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" in all 50 states. She hoped to complete her mission — which began July 3, 2012, — by Sept. 14, 2014, the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key penning the lyrics for the anthem.
And, she did.
"Singing the national anthem in all 50 states was a huge honor and privilege," said Stange of Long Island, NY. "To be able to finish this journey in Music City was an appropriate ending. The fans were awesome. Listening to everybody sing and hearing their enthusiasm, their patriotism was very evident. I couldn't have asked for a better ending."
Next up for Stange: She will perform the national anthem at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City on Sept. 12 and will perform the song again on Sept. 13 and 14 at the Star Spangled Spectacular 200 celebration at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.