It's Oh Say, Not Jose!
In the weeks after 9/11, this country was justifiably festooned in flags and patriotic resolve. But then you read something like this in the Southern Illinoisan and it just makes you wonder if people appreciate what we have going for us in the country. Not that memorizing lyrics makes you a good citizen, but come on. If you don't feel like going to the site, the gist of the article is this:
Today is the 191st anniversary of the writing of the National Anthem of the United States of America, the "Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. A recent Harris Interactive survey showed two out of three Americans don't know all the words.
You would think that, if for no other reason, you would want to be able to sing it so you can truly appreciate the rush of being in the middle of a crowd of tens of thousands of people filled with patriotism for a couple of minutes as they belt it out before a sporting event.