Kolb Joins National Anthem Project

May 12, 2005

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) has joined First Lady Laura Bush and The National Anthem Project, a multi-year effort to remind and teach Americans about the history and values of "The Star-Spangled Banner," in bringing the project to Canandaigua.

Led by the National Association for Music Education, the project includes education initiatives in schools throughout the country, special performances at and alliances with professional sporting events, and a mobile marketing tour in many U.S. cities.

"‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is part of our history, a tribute to our flag and ideals of freedom and democracy," said Kolb. "I believe every American should know not only the words to our anthem, but also the ideals they represent and the anthem’s history. I’m happy to work with The National Anthem Project to help bring New York’s residents this program."

Kolb has been working in his 129th Assembly District with the National Association for Music Education and the Hattie Harris Foundation to bring The National Anthem Project to the Canandaigua VA during a "Musical Tribute to Veterans," to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14 in the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium. The tribute show will feature local Girl Scout troops, the Midlakes High School Ensemble, the New York Guard, Ms. Erica Gansz and the Midlakes High School Bugle Corps.

"While our focus in New York has been on reforming state government and passing an on-time budget, I also know it’s important that we preserve aspects of our culture and history that make up who we are as a nation. I am proud to say ‘thank you’ to our great Veterans and also am grateful for the opportunity to coordinate an event that will teach some of our young people the dedication and sacrifice that these great American heroes have made, while also educating our children about our national anthem," Kolb concluded.