No National Anthem Before Sporting Events. What do you think?
Oh Say Can You See…. I remember those lyrics being sung as far back as I could remember. As a kid, I was very active in sports. At every single game, whether it was football, baseball, basketball or even a swim meet I could still hear that song being sung by the fans in the stands as well as the participants on the field as well. Recently at a NCAA Softball Regional Game at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette fans were told that they would not be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game. What happened next was amazing. Fans stood up, removed their hats from their heads and began to sing the National Anthem at the Top of their Lungs. True Patriotism at its best. People did not care that the Officials did not want the song being sung. They took it upon themselves to voice their “Freedom of Speech” and sing our National Song. With the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday coming up it was only fitting that the National Anthem be heard. Memorial Day is a time where we stop to honor the brave men and women that gave their lives to protect the very Freedom people take for granted each and everyday. The same Freedom that people that choose not to sing our National Anthem exercise by not singing. Is that wrong? In my opinion, it is. We should have a right to express ourselves and give thanks to the Freedom that we are afforded. I believe that if we didn’t have the hatred and disgust for our Federal Government things like this would not happen. I am willing to bet that the people that do not sing our National Anthem do not know the sacrifices that people have made in order to be able to express themselves.
Things have changed dramatically over the last 20 years and our country is suffering because of it. As a child, I remember walking into my classroom expecting to hear the “Pledge of Allegiance” over the loudspeaker. We couldn’t wait to be called in order to recite those famous words. We got overly excited when we were picked. It was an honor and a privilege to do so. Now, schools are not allowed. Invocation, or prayer, at high school sporting events is also a thing of the past. My question is … If you do not believe in God or our United States Government why should I stand by and allow you to stop me from exercising my rights if it offends you? Two wrongs do not make a right. Let me exercise my right to the Freedoms that I hold so dearly. Let me worship how I see fit just as I allow you to do so in your own right as well. Honor the very people that gave up their lives in order to give you the freedom to exercise your rights.
I truly believe that the reason our country is bad shape is because we, as a society, have lost the very values that made us the country we once were. We used to have, as a country, a set of beliefs that enabled us to care about one another. God’s Commandment says.. Love one another, as I have loved you. What is so wrong with that? Whether you believe in God or not, shouldn’t that be a value that we all should have? To love one another as a society? If we loved one another and cared about our fellow man, I truly believe that we would be a better society. Instead we have the what’s in it for me mentality. It’s all about me and no-one else. If we cared about “The Whole” instead of a small part, life would be better.
Our National Anthem encourages both players and spectators to believe in something. We as a society, need to believe in something. That is what separates us from the rest of the world.
Believing in something as simple as a song, a belief or a way of life sometimes can be the difference between living a life of misery or a life of happiness
. Which one will you choose?