* Employee event welcomes National Anthem Project to metro Detroit
* Oakland County Executive helps Jeep® brand celebrate sponsorship of multi-year initiative to re-teach Americans the words to the national anthem
* Employees to sing national anthem loud enough to be heard across Interstate 75
Auburn Hills, Mich., Jun 23, 2006 –
Nearly 200 Chrysler Group employees, dressed in white Jeep® T-shirts, will welcome the National Anthem Project (NAP) to metro Detroit by creating a formation to spell out the first five words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “O say, can you see” — on the front lawn of DaimlerChrysler’s Auburn Hills Headquarters on Friday, July 7 during morning drive time. Employees will sing the national anthem loud enough to be heard across Interstate 75.
The “National Anthem Project: Restoring America’s Voice” is a multi-year national education initiative created by the National Association for Music Education (MENC) to re-teach Americans the national anthem after a Harris Poll showed that two out of three Americans don’t know the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Jeep brand is the National Presenting Sponsor, building upon its 65-year heritage and role in U.S. history.
The five words, to be created with the help of Chrysler Group employees, measure approximately 10 feet wide by 100 feet long.
The following will be available for interviews:
* L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
* W. Frank Fountain, DaimlerChrysler Senior Vice President – External Affairs and Public Policy
* Earl Hurrey, Assistant Executive Director of MENC
* DaimlerChrysler employees
Friday, July 7, 2006
Singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 6:30 a.m. (EDT); rain or shine
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(Directions: I-75 and Chrysler Drive, Exit 78. Please follow signs for VIP/Media Parking.)
* Chrysler Group employees spelling out the first five words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “O say, can you see”
* Employees singing the “The Star-Spangled Banner”