Thursday, September 15, 2005

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.

3 Comments:

At September 15, 2005 at 2:48 PM, Blogger drone1047 said...

The last two words of the song are "play ball!" right?

 
At September 21, 2005 at 11:28 AM, Anonymous BuckTurgidson said...

It's hard to remember things when one is wrapped so tightly in the flag.

Really, is this so surprising? The same folks hell-bent on banning the epidemic of flag burning are probably the ones whose cars are festooned with filthy, torn flags; the same ones who defy flag etiquette and wear the flag as a shirt or a nifty pair of pants; and the same folks who see no issue with the president taking a sharpie to Old Glory.

 
At September 22, 2005 at 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone really know more than the first verse?
http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/ssb.html

 

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