SNL-star's spangled stunt: patriotic Victoria Jackson pulls handstand for Troopathon appeal

Troopathon guest celebrity, Victoria Jackson, (veteran comic actress from SNL) stood on her head to raise awareness of the 2nd verse of the "Star Spangled Banner" in order to raise viewer donations for US troops through the live broadcast of Troopathon.org. The webcast telethon raised over half-a-million dollars for care-packages to send to our boys and gals in the service of our country.

The only problem was that to minimize Victoria's time on her hands, the singer, Diana Nagy, should have been singing the long verse quickly to avert an aneurysm for Victoria. Instead, Diana prioritized projecting a vibrato - and draws out the song long beyond the few seconds Victoria could manage on the hardwood floor. The verse (in which Francis Scott Key references the reverence of America) was written:
"O, thus be it ever,when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause. it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
Victoria and Diana sing the song together, triumphantly, in conclusion. Donations may be made for care-baskets for U.S. service-members through July 5th on Troopathon.org. Happy Independence Day!

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