Op Ed with Bob Branco – A Reminder About Patriotism

This morning on a local radio station, people were saying that the national anthem has worn out its welcome, and shouldn’t be sung before every sporting event in this country. One of the reasons why they feel that way about the national anthem is because some of the people who sing it make mistakes or make the anthem into something that it’s not.

When I was six years old, I learned the words of many patriotic songs in Kindergarten, and as far as I’m concerned, no song is more difficult to learn than any other, especially if you hear it often enough. I’m not writing to complain that we sing the national anthem too much. No, I’m writing to complain that we don’t hear it enough. When I was growing up, radio stations would make sure you heard the anthem being performed before every baseball, basketball, hockey, or football game. Now, the anthem is preempted by a stream of commercials, so that we don’t hear it.

At a time when many people in this country believe that we’re losing our patriotism, I feel the anthem, as well as other patriotic and freedom songs, should be heard as often as possible, and should be sung whenever the opportunities present themselves.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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