Somerset Berkley Students Sing National Anthem at Fenway Park
When the Red Sox were planning Jerry Remy Day, they knew they'd want to include some tie-ins to his nearby hometown of Somerset, Massachusetts.
Remy, a graduate of Somerset High School, went on to be one of the most beloved figures in the organization's long history. He died last year at 68.
We first told you about the invitation that was extended to Somerset Berkley Regional High School's student choir on Wednesday. Roughly 50 members of the choir and color guard took the bus trip up to Fenway Park to watch the emotional pregame memorial for Remy, but more importantly to participate in the celebration of his life.
The students took the field shortly before their 6:40 performance time. Not only were they asked to sing the always challenging "Star-Spangled Banner," but because the Red Sox were hosting Toronto, they needed to quickly learn the words to the Canadian national anthem.
The group of Somerset students stood before home plate. The same home plate where Remy called so many Pedro strikeouts, the same home plate where Big Papi slapped his famous Game 4 ALCS walk-off home run against the Yankees, the same plate where Remy himself stood as a player.
After only three rehearsal sessions, the kids absolutely crushed "Oh, Canada," belting out the Canadian national anthem with confidence. Of course, it was followed up with the Somerset Berkley rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," complete with a bold high note on "of the free."
If you were unable to catch the students singing live, here is video of them taken as proud parents watched from the Fenway stands.