Hart stirs Flyers’ crowd with ‘God Bless America’

Flyers fans heard the usual stirring rendition of ”God Bless

America,” live by Lauren Hart and on video by Kate Smith, before

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The song has been a rallying anthem for the Flyers since Smith

began singing it in the mid 1970s. Hart started the song, then

looked up to the big screen and passed it off to Smith before

Monday night’s game. They finish in a split-screen duet.

Fans chanted ”U-S-A! U-S-A!” after lineups were introduced and

again after the song was finished.

The Flyers asked that fans paused to salute the men and women of

the military who serve the United States at home and abroad.

Members of local Philadelphia police and fire departments joined

the color guard to present the American flag.