Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Letters to the Editor

National anthem should be heard at patriotic events

We attended the Williamsville Memorial Day parade, and it was great to see everyone out and enjoying the day. Everyone was celebrating this day of remembrance and thanks for our freedoms.

However, as I sat there, not far from the grandstand, I realized that I hadn’t heard or that I had missed the playing of our national anthem. I heard Kate Smith singing “God Bless America,” but not “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I asked those around me if they heard it, thinking that I had missed something.

Nobody heard it, so I went to the sound technician and asked if I had missed the national anthem. I was told that they never play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this parade and that they always play “God Bless America.” I did ask if they were fearful of offending someone if they played our national anthem.

I told them that I was offended by the fact that it wasn’t played at, of all things, a Memorial Day parade. I don’t think that the organizers of the parade realize the significance of the national anthem. I don’t think that they understand that patriots gave their lives so that “The Star-Spangled Banner” would remain flying over Ft. McHenry.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” needs to be incorporated into all of our parades. We have much to be thankful for, and this anthem should serve as a reminder to all.

Michael Erdey
Garden Parkway

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