Special to The Citizen
Peachtree City resident Lisa Stierwalt was selected to sing the national anthem at the May NRA-ILA Leadership Forum 2017 in Atlanta, prior to President Trump speaking before the convention. President Trump is the first sitting president to speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum since Ronald Reagan.
Lisa learned of the singing opportunity from a friend who saw a post on Facebook regarding the search for a vocalist with a military background.
After submitting an audition tape, she was selected to perform.
“I consider myself privileged to have had the honor to perform the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ for the roughly 9,000 attendees of the event and look forward to whatever the future holds,” said Lisa after her performance.
Lisa’s diverse life experiences have influenced her tremendously, from the opera stage to the gun range. She was a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and is a classically trained vocalist.
Lisa enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1996. Upon completion of boot camp and occupational training she served with the Electronics Maintenance Company in Wichita, Kan., until her honorable discharge in 2004. During her enlistment she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and went on to work for more than a decade in higher education.
Currently, Lisa is on staff at First Baptist Church Peachtree City serving as a missions associate, responsible for the daily operations of the Bridge Community Center.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Stephen (USMC retired), and they have three children. Their son, Christian, will be serving his country in the military, and their two daughters, Analise and Kinsey are in secondary school.