Deputy Ezra Harris Gets Another Chance at National Anthem

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: David Moore
Contributor: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 2/26 1:48 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) -- We've all done, and said things we wish we could take back.
But most of us don't have our mistakes aired in front of millions of people.
That happened to Hamilton county deputy Ezra Harris six years ago.
A News 12 clip of his national anthem performance became a viral sensation.
But, he got a chance to do it all over again---on national T-V.

It was at a police memorial ceremony downtown 6 years ago.
WDEF News 12 photo-journalist Ashley Henderson had camera rolling when Deputy Ezra Harris was asked at the last minute to lead the crowd in the national anthem. He was not prepared..to say the least.

EZRA --(sings 2008)

It went to youtube, and the good natured deputy took it in stride.
He had a few years of notoriety, but that changed Tuesday morning.

ABC's Good Morning America recently arranged to have Ezra meet Nashville country star Dierks Bentley, who began working with him on his next turn as a national personality.

EZRA AND DIERKS "Who's broad stripes and bright stars." "and the home of the brave. Whee! "
EZRA HARRIS "I'm hoping to reinvent myself..to get this second chance, really give a good punch."

And Mr. Harris, who is now retired, got that opportunity on Good Morning America.
It was a nationwide audience larger than the 1.3 million views off his first performance on youtube.
With a little help from the Youthful Praise Gospel choir, it went off without a hitch .

DEPUTY EZRA HARRIS "..o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. (Applause) "yeah")



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