Will They Respect Our National Anthem at The 2014 Super Bowl!?

Will They Respect Our National Anthem at The 2014 Super Bowl!?

In our Post-Constitutional America it is certainly a “politically incorrect” thing to say, but I am a patriot.

Francis Scott Key wrote our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Many may not know the exact origins of this special tribute to America’s militant resolve and strength of purpose in the preservation of individual freedom.

Our National Anthem does not symbolize some kind of “hep” post-modern party. Nor should it be a vehicle for entertainers to display their vocal prowess (delighting some and irritating he hell out of myself and many others).  It symbolizes something about which we should express great reverence.

Please take a few moments read a very interesting short article about the origin of our National Anthem and also Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote it. 


I believe that “Show-Boating” Our National Anthem is bad behavior.

I recommend that at only members of our military, or perhaps representatives of other patriotic American organizations. sing our sacred National Anthem at sporting events and other gatherings that wish to pay honor our own great Nation.

 I would also recommend that they sing our National Anthem with its true melody.

I provide my wishful recommendations knowing full-well that ours is a free country and anyone can sing our National Anthem  any way they want.

However, that sill does not make it right the right thing to do.

I wonder if they will respect our National Anthem at the Super Bowl today.

The following may shed further light on my sensitivity those who “artistically slaughter” our National Anthem.

Thanks to Debbie Zellers for sending this to me. Although we cannot attest to the true origin of this message. The message is spot-on.

VTM, 2/2/14


Before the start of the 2014 Super Bowl, this Sunday (and all other such venues), perhaps all team owners should be sent the following:

From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan.  “So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten – straight up, no styling.  “Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.  Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.  Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love – not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician.  They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.  Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.  And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual.  We’re getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help.”    Semper Fi


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