Patriotic

Someone I used to know that was also an immigrant was surprised that I stood up and paid respect to the “Star Spangled Banner” during the beginning of a sporting event. This happened way before I became an American, and to this day I am amazed that someone would not want to pay respect to a national anthem, let alone the one for the country in who’s soil you are standing.

You can call me corny, but I get misty eyed when I listen to the Colombian national anthem. I don’t get to listen to it as much anymore, I would listen to it almost every single day growing up. In Colombian, TV channels will play the national anthem at the beginning and end cycle of their broadcast, if they go 24 hours, at midnight it gets played. Who knows, maybe something like that would help people teach the words to the beautiful poem that is the anthem here. I am right there with my buddy Chimpotle on being pissed off at people wanting it removed from sporting events.

It was great to learn the history of the US anthem, I first read about it in detail in High School and then a little more preparing for the citizenship exam. For the people that don’t know it he it is. (taken from The National Anthem Project)

Words by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith

O 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, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep.
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner! O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the Star-Spangled Banner, in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just
And this be our motto: “In God is our Trust.”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

5 Responses to Patriotic

  1. I always stand at live events. For a televised event I will shut up, and if I have a hat on I’ll remove it. I used to get up and stand at attention, even for it on TV.

    I like the fact that you included the verses we Yanks usually don’t pay attention to!

  2. I stand up just not to be one a-hole sit-out. I’d rather be a standing a-hole anyway. What I said on Chimpo’s blog still stands-national anthem is not a show tune, it should be played on special occasions by people who can play/sing it. otherwise it’s just as patriotic as wearing size 90 American flag swimming trunks,or these flip-flops, or singing the anthem sitting on the top of an elephant. Once I worked with a schmuck who carried bible with him at all times including long bible studies on the crapper, and I always thought – isn’t it supposed to be a holy book (to him) and is it appropriate to hold it while dropping yesterday’s lunch? Same thing.

  3. I always stand and stop what I’m doing at public events, but I dont’ stand if it’s playing on TV. I can’t stand it when someone can’t sing it correctly or intentionally disrespects it, like Rosanne Barr.

  4. One could argue that freedom of expression during the performance of the national anthem is the epitomy of what the national anthem symbolizes.

  5. I always stand up, not only for my (our) Colombian national anthem, but for any other. Just like we expect people to, we have to pay respects to other nations.
    Aaaaaaaaand, I also get very emotional every time I hear it anywhere, except there… shame on me!
    Nice place you have here, just passing by.
    Como dijo Wilfrido Vargas: VOLVEREEEEEEEEEE… VOLVERE!

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