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Old 12-07-2015, 08:53 PM   #21
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I just checked with the young wife, who is a public high school teacher. They still say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning during homeroom. As an aside, she teaches child development and early childhood education, which means that, among other things, she and her high school students run a preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. It is considered a major honor to be the 3 or 4 year old "leader of the day" who gets to hold the flag up during the pledge.
Awesome! Bring that woman an apple!
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The PoA is recited every morning at the five public schools my grandkids attend.
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Im about to throw up at a couple of these responses. I'll keep my thoughts to myself so I dont get banned.

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Virginia Tech and the National Anthem

I'm perfectly happy to remove my cap, and stand reasonably still for a couple of minutes. I don't sing, which is the most appropriate, and patriotic, thing I could be doing at that moment...

I understand the wariness of some for patriotic groupthink, but playing the Star Spangled Banner before a ballgame, and expecting a reasonably large percentage of adherence to the usual etiquette, seems relatively benign.
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I would be happy enough to drop the whole thing, but if they are going to do it, they should do it right. ...
I think that's the key (no pun intended).

I don't have any strong opinion one way or the other either, but I think a reasonable case can be made that it would be more respectful to just drop it. What does the national anthem have to do with a sporting event anyhow?

If it were one country competing against another, that could be appropriate for each to play their anthem. But to use it at a for-profit sporting event, well, that almost seems opportunistic and maybe shallow?

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We already did away with the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.
I just checked with the young wife, who is a public high school teacher. They still say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning during homeroom. ...
And my DW also confirmed that is the case in N IL as well.


Our National Anthem wasn't approved as such until 1931, and IIRC, "under God" wasn't added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the 50's. Ahhh, from wiki:

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formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942.[6] The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words "under God" were added.
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"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931

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+1. Hello singing star/starlet: Wrap your head around this--the performance is not about YOU. ....
But this is also subjective.

In 1968, Jose' Feliciano's version was considered controversial. I just listened, and it sounds rather folksy to me (maybe could have done w/o the bluesy 'yeah-yeah' run at the end though). Almost like the common man might sing it (though Feliciano has uncommon talent), no real acrobatic reaching for high notes or anything.





Now, I just love the Hendrix Woodstock version, but that's in a whole 'nother universe. Not something for a sporting event or any traditional program. But man, it is just so beautiful/scary.


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When I was a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, my roommate and I rigged up our alarm clock and stereo to play Hendrix's Woodstock performance of the Star Spangled Banner at 0600 every morning. It's a splendid way to start the day.
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When I was a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, my roommate and I rigged up our alarm clock and stereo to play Hendix's Woodstock performance of the Star Spangled Banner at 0600 every morning. It's a splendid way to start the day.
Again, many will disagree with me, but I don't mind musicians "making in their own", the Hendrix version included, even though it's quite "out there". Life would be pretty boring if they all played it like John Phillip Sousa. Oh, wait a minute, he died before it was made the national anthem. But you know what I mean.
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