Your News Leader, other Gray Television stations to air national anthem

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It was a tradition for years -- the playing of the national anthem at the end of television stations' broadcast day.

Now, Gray Television stations in 93 markets across the country will once again play The Star-Spangled Banner each day, including locally on Your News Leader. This patriotic tradition will debut on July 4.

Up until television stations went to 24-hour operations in the 1980s and 90s, playing the anthem was traditionally how American television stations went off the air and returned back to the airwaves the following morning.

Gray Media Group's Executive Chairman and CEO, Hilton Howell, announced the initiative last week at the broadcast company's annual meeting of news directors.

The singer, 9-year old Reina Özbay of South Florida has been inspiring crowds with her performances since she was four. Her angelic soprano voice is classically trained, and she studies opera and musical theater. Reina's mother told us a story that "her birthday is July 3 and the evening she was born there was a massive fireworks display outside of the hospital window at the Milwaukee lakefront." When not performing, Reina enjoys tennis, swimming, bike riding and drawing.

You can see the anthem just as it will air every day in the video box above this story.

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