WVLT stations to begin the day with "The Star-Spangled Banner"

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – WVLT and WBXX are proud to announce the stations will start every day honoring our country by playing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

During the 5:00 a.m. broadcast of "WVLT News This Morning" and the 7:00 a.m. broadcast of "WVLT News This Morning on The CW Knoxville" the national anthem will play in its entirety.

Much like the East Tennessee community, WVLT is proud of our country. We are also proud of the men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces. We hope the daily broadcast of the national anthem will honor service members from the East Tennessee community and around the nation.

The tradition of playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" was a regular event during the 1980s. Many stations would play the anthem at the end of the broadcast day and again the following morning. WVLT and the other 93 stations in the Gray Television network are proud to bring this tradition back.

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.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" will also be featured during our newscasts on the 4th of July.

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