Respect the national anthem

Was I the only one appalled at the rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of the 2011 Super Bowl? It is supposedly an honor to be asked to sing the national anthem at an occasion such as the Super Bowl, in front of an audience of millions. And for someone to sing it in that manner is unconscionable. It should be sung with the same respect and reverence given to the American flag.

The words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" were written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 after a fierce, 25-hour battle. One can only imagine the relief of not only Mr. Key to see the flag, but the brave men who, came the dawn, survived the battle .

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key was held by the British overnight during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore. In the morning, Key peered through clearing smoke to see an enormous American flag proudly flying over the fort. He was so delighted to see the flag still flying, he began a poem to commemorate the occasion.

In the future, I can only hope that the Super Bowl committee is more careful in its selection of who is chosen to sing the national anthem.

Dorothy B. Fitzgerald, Lisbon Falls

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Respect for our Nation/Anthem

I agree with Ms. Fitzgerald. It is sad, but of course she was not the only one. Yet, I have always wondered what it was like to make sure you hit all the right notes in that difficult to sing, song and remember the words... so I am not so upset, I would ask, though, what were the fans and players doing WHILE SHE WAS SINGING IT? Where WE all focused on a performance or on our National Anthem? If it was the Anthem, than the spirit of it, a sentence misspoken would not have been a huge deal as we all were filled with national pride, but WE WERE NOT THINKING ABOUT NATIONAL PRIDE at all, let's be honest. I have seen a bigger problem that can be addressed right here at home. That is something we can start with right here with our own children, perhaps ourselves. In the last 12 years that I have attended many, many events I have seen such disrespect towards the displayed flag and during the singing of the National Anthem. Sports teams are guilty, so perhaps the coaches are more focused on winning that on teaching young people good sports values? I am just referring to the comment about stars being all about themselves. When I see a high school hockey team look around the stands or look down or not even of course put there hand on their hearts during the anthem? Really? And we all just do nothing? That is just one example they are not the only ones - there are lots of sports in this state, how about football??? or basketball, or school functions...How about other events- have you even noticed? So it's the Super Bowl? That is really just a symptom that is seen by multi-millions.... what is even sadder? To see how many adults are unsure when or how to honor our Flag when at formal ceremonies, when to place hands on heart, when to stand, etc....
Perhaps that would not happen if we raised our children to respect the Pledge, the National Anthem, and our Flag ( Did you know that there are laws and statutes to govern the everything about the display and care of our flag, ? You don't just put it up in your yard.....)

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ouch

I should have proof read that for grammar and spelling, sorry...... ugh I just hit save

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Sorry Ed

Sorry Ed, but the problem with today's so called professional entertainers, is they put a bigger effort in making it all about them and not the song and country. She's a pro and she has sung, if that's what you want to call it, in front of thousands of people before. I can understand when someone who has never sung in front of large crowds before, getting nervous and messing up the the lyrics like at a Maineiacs event, but to do what she did was unconscionable. She had set out to make it all about her and she blew it. Trying to run up and down the vocal scale while singing the anthem, is making it about them and not the song.

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I would invite you to sing

in front of 100,000 live people, not to mention the countless millions that were watching on television, many of whom were just waiting, in fact betting, on you to make a mistake.
I don't care how professional you are, the pressure is enormous and she knows that she screwed up. She (Christina) doesn't need your sorry butt reminding her of the fact. It will haunt her for the rest of her life.
Shut up.

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