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US The national anthem reminds us how much Americans need to work together

03:26  18 february  2021
03:26  18 february  2021 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) ordered the Dallas Mavericks last week to play the national anthem before their home games. The Mavericks and their owner, Mark Cuban, had stopped playing the song before their games this season. Cuban said the team did so because he realized there were people The NBA order got me thinking: Should we play the national anthem before athletic events? I think the tradition should continue. First, a little history. Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that became the national anthem after watching a large group of British ships bomb a much smaller American

The National Anthem of the United States of America by Francis Scott Key, 1814. Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more ! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) ordered the Dallas Mavericks last week to play the national anthem before their home games.

The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks line up for the playing of the national anthem last month at Capital One Arena in Washington. After the Dallas Mavericks stopped playing the anthem before games this season out of respect for those “who do not feel the anthem represents them,” the NBA ordered them to return to playing the song. © Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks line up for the playing of the national anthem last month at Capital One Arena in Washington. After the Dallas Mavericks stopped playing the anthem before games this season out of respect for those “who do not feel the anthem represents them,” the NBA ordered them to return to playing the song.

The Mavericks and their owner, Mark Cuban, had stopped playing the song before their games this season. Cuban said the team did so because he realized there were people “who do not feel the anthem represents them” and “they also need to be respected and heard.”

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Immediately afterward, the US national anthem started, and all the Americans rose, faced the flag and the majority started to sing along. Many at the top of their lungs. When it comes to having an ambivalent relationship with their national anthem , Americans are not unique. As I show in my answer to While composing the national anthem or patriotic songs of a country, isn't the ease of singing a consideration? , there are several countries, such as Sweden, Norway, and Paraguay, where citizens prefer to sing a beloved national folk song or a rival patriotic song instead of the official anthem .

A national anthem is a patriotic song or musical composition that is either recognized officially by a nation ’s government and constitution or is accepted as such by convention through popular use. Hence, it helps evoke feelings of patriotism among the country’s citizens and reminds them of their nation ’s glory, beauty, and rich heritage. It also helps unite the citizens of the country by one single song or music. During the performance of the national anthem , citizens of a nation , despite their ethnic differences, rise up in unison and listen attentively or sing the song with great enthusiasm.

The NBA order got me thinking: Should we play the national anthem before athletic events? I think the tradition should continue.

First, a little history. Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that became the national anthem after watching a large group of British ships bomb a much smaller American force at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Despite 25 hours of bombing, U.S. soldiers defended the fort and raised the flag.

The patriotic poem, set to music, began playing at sporting events during the 1918 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. This was when American soldiers were fighting in Europe during World War I.

[World Series was a big hit from the beginning]

Slowly, the tradition caught on, especially after “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially adopted as the national anthem in 1931. After World War II in the 1940s, the National Football League ordered the song played before all its games. Soon, the song was played and sung at most sports events.

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Do you have questions for Americans , about American culture or anything at all related to the United States and its people? Though then again, we didn't need to tuck shirts in, either. Most teachers would be upset but couldn't do anything, but more than one was substitute was fired It always just felt like reminding ourselves of our duty to The Republic, and the ideals of Democracy, liberty and justice.

image captionNew US citizens follow etiquette as the national anthem is played. US President Donald Trump has criticised NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in protest at what they perceive as racial injustice. He calls it "disrespecting the flag" but supporters of the protest believe the players media captionAlexandra Deutsch, from the Maryland Historical Society, tells the BBC how America got its national anthem . Men not in uniform should remove any headdress with their right hand and hold it at their left shoulder, the code states . This is generally observed at sporting events.

I understand that some people object to the national anthem. I don’t mind if those people sit or kneel or refuse to sing during the song. In the past few years, athletes such as Colin Kaepernick and others have used the national anthem to peacefully protest issues such as police killings of African Americans, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

[George Floyd’s death inspires protests all over the world]

I also understand playing the national anthem at every game risks making it less special. Thousands of performances a year at everything from the Super Bowl to a high school basketball game can make the song sound routine.

Portland Trail Blazers head coach Maurice Cheeks helps Natalie Gilbert finish singing the national anthem at a 2003 NBA playoff game between the Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon. Natalie had stumbled over the words and stopped singing before Cheeks came over. © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images Portland Trail Blazers head coach Maurice Cheeks helps Natalie Gilbert finish singing the national anthem at a 2003 NBA playoff game between the Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon. Natalie had stumbled over the words and stopped singing before Cheeks came over.

But sometimes the song can be thrilling. After the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, for example, the playing of the national anthem symbolized standing up to terrorism.

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We hear it all the damn time. The trouble is that you need to spend like seven years at Juilliard to sing it well . When you get to the part about the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air your voice is going to crack like a 13-year-old male who’s just gotten his hands on his dad’s Penthouse collection from 1970. Mind you, they don't sing it well. It goes much too high for most men and they sing it slowly, which just drags out the off-key notes. The US national anthem , like the dreaded happy birthday song, should be sung briskly and with verve, to get it over with quickly.

The most noteworthy part of a national anthem before a sporting event used to be a great singing performance or a riveting flyover. Colin Kaepernick changed that. All eyes during the anthem are now on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and other athletes who have joined him in sitting or kneeling Here is part of what she said about the decision. This act embodies the conflict many of us feel. I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans . I have sung the anthem before but this time

People often mention Whitney Houston’s performance at Super Bowl XXV (25) in 1991 or local singer D.C. Washington at Game 3 of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park as outstanding versions of the song.

But my favorite was when teenager Natalie Gilbert sang it at an NBA playoff game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks in 2003 (look on YouTube). Natalie started the song, stumbled over the lyrics and stopped singing. She was clearly embarrassed.

But Maurice Cheeks, the Trail Blazers head coach, stepped forward and began to sing with her. With Cheeks’s help, Natalie recovered and finished the song as the crowd sang along.

At its best, that is what the national anthem is. A small reminder that we can survive small stumbles and even large problems, but only if we work together.

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