The only thing better than Rene Racourt singing the National Anthem Wednesday night happened...everyone signing the National Anthem before the Boston Bruins game at TD Garden.
Boston didn't disappoint. As if you ever thought it would?
Think of this as you try and get through whatever it is you're dealing with - including the emotion of Thursday's interfaith service.
Liz Walker, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios and Mayor Menino batting 1-2-3.
Only in Boston, baby.
Just like at the Garden, Wednesday night.
Rene handled the first 13 words, the Garden crowd handled the rest.
First, the NBC video version that we all saw:
But NBC didn't have the only cameras capturing this historic rendition.
Hundreds of clips of the Anthem filled You Tube by Thursday morning. Most of the clips on You Tube were ripped versions of the TV feed, but there were video cameras and smartphones were capturing the moment - or two - throughout the Garden.
These fans were able to convey the view from the cheap and not-so-cheap seats.
This clip - shot by You Tube user Dan Nadeau from right along the glass in the corner on ice level offers the full pre-game ceremony and a terrific feel for what it was like to be a fan in the Garden stands. Along with a bit of the sing-along - up close and personal
Another You Tube user, Geoffrey Blass, gave us this perspective.
Here was the view and acoustics from the Garden press box, via WEEI's Mike Petraglia:
From the loge seats:
Some folks were just a little off (Francis Scott) Key. The look on the face of the boy in this clip is priceless. Hopefully, the memory of all that BostonStrong will be seared into his memory whenever he gets scared about what happened on Monday.
It did sound a lot better from the rafters:
Maybe this guy started the "USA" and "Let's Go Boston" chants? In any case, next time, horizontal, please...
Same here, but another good job, good effort when it came to signing the anthem.
OK, I give up on the whole horizontal thing. The crowd came through loud and clear - no matter the shape of the image.
"Massachusetts invented America," Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday.
Got that one right, governor.
And its people showed the world how to do the National Anthem Wednesday night.
Well done, Boston.
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