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Play Ball! But not till after we sing the National Anthem- Letter to the editor

In a column I wrote years ago, I reported that the Star-Spangled Banner had been our National Anthem only during my lifetime, having been voted so by Congress in 1931. With its octave-and-a-half range, it is difficult to sing, but bands have no problem making it a stirring anthem.

For me, it is a uniting song, as it was when baseball brought it to the nation’s attention. As a patriot and veteran, I cannot understand why anyone would not want to stand and show their respect for the anthem and the nation it represents. Only in America do we have the form of government, and the will, to right all wrongs . . . sometimes it takes too long, but it will be done! Women gained the right to vote only about a century ago, for instance!

Yes, the wheels of Justice may grind too slowly, but they eventually produce the good results that too many must beg for…So, please, share with me a respect for our national anthem, our flag, and our country. With all its faults, it is still the best country in the world, for it has the means and determination to put things right for everyone fortunate to live here.

Amen? I fervently hope so.

Go to the link below for today’s history lesson.

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Submitted by Garland Goodwin