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National Anthem in Boston

17,565-strong at TD Garden sing the national anthem

Bruins fans throughout TD Garden sing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the first home game since the Boston Marathon tragedy

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There are times when sports aren't just about the game. And times when the act of singing the national anthem isn't just a tradition.

On April 17, 2013 at TD Garden, seemingly the entire city of Boston showed us just that.

Just two days after the Boston Marathon bombing, fans packed the arena, brought their own signs and American flags, cheered members of the City of Boston first responder units that presented the colors and then helped out their longtime singer, Rene Rancourt.

The version of the "Star-Spangled Banner" performed that day, unlike almost all the others, had little to with Rancourt's voice.

Rancourt sang the first two lines of the anthem, then stepped aside to let the fans take over.

"I can't remember being more emotional on the ice," then-Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said. "I was choked up during the first shift."

"Every one of us has a link to the city," Brad Marchand said.

To this date, it is one of the most memorable anthems in sports history.

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