September 15, 2019

National Anthem!

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I attended a basketball game this evening at the Surline Middle School and I was extremely disappointed that the National Anthem wasn't done before the start of the game. I know I wasn't the only one that was bothered by this. Someone was told they didn't do it at 7th and 8th grade games. I'm sorry it shouldn't matter the age or grade. The National Anthem being played at the start of any and every game is a tradition and it is expected by American's everywhere. Far too many schools are failing to do so because they're worried about offending someone and I surely hope that isn't the reason for it not being played. I proudly tell those that complain that the Pledge of Allegiance is no longer done within their school system that it is still done at ours every morning! These are the ages we as adults instill these important traditions within our children. We should be proud to play the National Anthem at all our games. It's the American way! As I sat amongst two wounded veteran's at the Cheboygan game last weekend the honor and pride they carried in their faces as the National Anthem played words could not express. It is after all what they fought for, right? I end this by saying... "Please rise for the National Anthem!"


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You need to talk to the athletic director and tell him your concerns. Even the middle school principal, they are in charge of athletic events. good luck, and I agree with you 100%

Monday, November 21, 2011 | Report this

Someone did mention it and they were told they just don't do that for middle school. Which makes absolutely no sense to me. It's a shame.... Thanks for agreeing with me...

Monday, November 21, 2011 | Report this

Not having the "NATIONAL ANTHEM" at a sporting event, an insult to every "TRUE" American. It is as bad as sitting there in your chair while it is being performed with your hat still on. PC gone wild these days. Way too many instances of home owners associations, schools & the government etc. telling people to remover their flag, flag poles, when you can & cannot say or do something you have been doing for years & years. Free speech & patriotism-PRICELESS!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | Report this

In honor of every person who ever served and all those who are yet to come, thank you for your service, you are the true heros in our hearts. What a shame it is that we seem to feel it is not important to honor them every chance we get. We are charged with teaching the children who are the future of America, lets do our job. I am a proud American, as many of you are. How about we just stand up and start singing before each game until they get the message?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | Report this

It is great to have such passionate comments. We agree and would like to see that changed as well. Sometimes it seems that everywhere we turn the things that made us stand out and be proud to be American aren't celebrated any longer. We wish you success in your attempt to change policy so they allow playing of the National Anthem before the games.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | Report this

I have been involved with StoneRidgeMX the new Motocross track west of town, and we make it part of our program EVERY Race day that we play or have the National Anthem performed by a student singing or playing on an instrument.

It's THOSE veterans that make it possible for us to be there in the first place!

THANK YOU Veterans and ALL Service men and women both past, present and future!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Report this

I guess the ACLU is too busy after Apple because you can't access abortion clinics on their phones to actually take an important subject like this up? The "A" in ACLU has nothing to do with the America I grew up in and is fading away fast.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Report this

Thank you so much for all of your support on this. I wish I just knew why they chose not to do this at this games. That's one answer I haven't gotten. It shouldn't matter if it's middle school or high school we're all Americans. However, I noticed tonight Cadillac doesn't do it either. Though Cheboygan is a team we play against I must give respect where it's do because they made a point to have you stand up and remove your hats for the National Anthem. It meant a great deal to see the boys (the ones that did so) put their hands immediately over their heart! My boys know first hand what you sacrifice for this country because their father himself is a veteran. I just don't understand it. West Branch takes great pride in saluting our vets and supporting them, so why doesn't our schools? Again, thanks for all the support.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Report this

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have talked with the superintendent and he assures me that the National Anthem will now be played before all middle school contest.

Friday, December 2, 2011 | Report this

Wow. Thank you!!! I was trying to figure out where to start which is why I started here!! Thanks so much!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011 | Report this

Thanks Jack, that is why I voted for you. Someone who really cares

Friday, December 2, 2011 | Report this

I am a veteran and was a basketball coach for 6 years. I totally agree the National Athem should be played prior to sporting events. I also think students and adults alike should stand still facing the flag with respect instead of talking, eating, waving arms, etc during the Athem. We are soooo fortunate to live in this country.

Friday, December 2, 2011 | Report this

I am proud to say that tonight at the home game here at Surline they played the National Anthem. People were a little confused, but that's okay. My son just turned and smiled at me. Thank you all for your support on this and thank you jackamoney for bringing this to the superintendents attention.

Monday, December 5, 2011 | Report this

I can only hope that proper respect was paid by all in attendance. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011 | Report this

As far as I could tell everyone stood and did the proper things. Some appeared shocked which is sad. It should've been being played all along, but it is now....

Monday, December 5, 2011 | Report this

Can I assume it was the younger generation not "paying attention"? My daughters are both over 25 and it was a struggle in their younger years teaching them just how good they have it in the good old USA!

Monday, December 5, 2011 | Report this

The way I would describe the boys on the team is they stood at attention with their hands crossed behind their backs which is the proper. The members of the 8th grade team on the other side some of them were a little noisy I guess you could say, but for the most part hats were removed, everyone stood, and did the right thing. There were several adults that appeared confused, but I think that's because tonight was the first time. My son stood, put his hands behind his back, and right before it started to play he turned and smiled at me. I was the one who stood there and smiled. Then again we know first hand what it's like to sacrifice so much. A total of three years our Veteran spent away from home. One of the biggest reasons this was such a big deal to me. My sons understand more than most kids just because of the life they led, and they're also the few 7 and 12 yr olds that you'll see stop and say Thank You and Welcome Home, but again that's because their Dad is a veteran. The struggle your daughters went through is why they should be doing this to instill the meaning and reason behind why we say the Pledge of Allegiance, and why the National Anthem is played. People are too busy now worrying about offending someone which is quite sad.

Monday, December 5, 2011 | Report this

Anonymous79, I wish I could have been there just to see the expressions on you & your son's faces. I have son-in-law in the US Air Force and after a deployment in Iraq & Afghanistan he is off to Kuwait next year. I think we are both on the same page with this political correctness crap. It is so sad when you see a so-called American citizen do some of the things they do, like forcing someone to take down OLD GLORY, IT BOILS MY BLOOD! Please thank you husband for me for his dedication, service & love of country.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | Report this

Glad to hear that the National Anthem will continue to be played in our schools. I think it's important that we instill the sense of honor of country in our young people.

Friday, February 17, 2012 | Report this

I'm happy I made a difference in this community! It means so much to all of us as Americans... It should've always been played for all events. It's a tradition and it's something that should just always be done! Just as everytime I'm in our schools in the morning I heard the Pledge being said. Downstate they've taken on the "lets not insult anyone" concept!! Truly sad!!! Thanks for the continuous support on this. That's how we tell who our true Americans are!

Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Report this

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