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Josh Turner Learned Reverence For National Anthem At Young Age

(Washington, DC) -- Josh Turner says he learned the story behind "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a child, which instilled in him a sense of reverence and really brought the song to life. The country star adds that he's tapped those memories every time he's performed the national anthem.

Turner adds that once when he was in Frederick, Maryland for a show he paid a visit to Mount Olivet Cemetery, where anthem composer Francis Scott Key is buried. Josh says seeing that gravesite impressed upon him that Key "was a real guy."

Turner is helping the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History mark the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with the "Raise It Up" celebration. Josh is among the stars who share thoughts, memories, and performances of the anthem in a collection of museum videos posted on YouTube. The museum will also stage the "Raise It Up!" concert, which will stream live at AnthemForAmerica.Smithsonian.com on Saturday -- Flag Day -- at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Details are available at AmericanHistory.si.edu.

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