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    Respect the Nation Anthem

    Nothing pains me or ticks me off more than people chatting or laughing when it's being played at an event let alone a major tv network.
    Fans at games, please take note.
    As I was watching the Okla-Tex football game, I saw the ESPN gameday crew talking over the National Anthem at the Cotton Bowl. I decided to send a letter to ESPN and see what their reasoning was. Sounds like they "manned up" and admitted it was a mistake.

    Email response I got:



    I cannot respond personally to all the mail I receive, butI do read and take note of all complaints.When the complaints are specific to a show or to an article on espn.com, I forward them to the producer or editor in charge of that content. When there are several complaints on the same topic,I do a weekly tabulation that becomes part of a report sent to all of ESPN's top management.(I do the same for positive comments.) I cannot assure you that your complaints or mine will result in action, but I can assure you they are not lost in some cyberspace void.They are read, thought about, disseminated.

    Thank you,
    Don Ohlmeyer



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    Assistant to the ESPN Ombudsman

    And this is what ESPN has on their website now, scroll down 2/3rds to Politcal Intrusions heading:

    Don Ohlmeyer: ESPN must balance corporate goals, viewer needs - ESPN


    Thank you ESPN, and a note to fans, please make sure you show your respect too.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    I have become a little"NUMB" to disrespect for our flag. Serving my Country during the Vietnam war and being sent there once and volunteering the second time were the molds that shaped my life. I while I was there didn't understand many things but I learned quickly that there are more important things in life besides me. I lost freinds over there and think of them often. I was 18 years old when I first got over there and looking back I was just a "boy!"

    I still get goosebumps when I hear the anthem (when its played well), I am grateful that I have the memories of what it felt like in uniform to salute that Flag. Can you imagine what Francis Scott Key was feeling when he looked out and saw our flag still flying?
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    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
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    The younger generation holds very little respect for many things let alone our Country's Flag. Hell many of them wear it on their a$$es as after all, it's their right of freedom of expression. At games when I am trying to reflect and pay tribute for all who have served, all who have died for what our flag stands for, and those of you who are experiencing the sacrifices of many, and I can't hear because of people talking, and worse, laughing, I have to bite my lip. I have often wondered what would happen to me if I instead of asking them to be quiet (which would be an interuption within itself) I would wait for the Anthem to end and promptly turn around and clean their clocks. 30 years ago I would of been praised, but today, I would be arrested.
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    O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
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    While I was over there, we flew two flags on our tank. One our National Flag and the other a IOWA flag which Governor Ray sent me. I gave it to my high-school to have it displayed and they after two years "LOST IT!" God, I was so proud of that flag but obviously my high school didn't feel the same way.
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    On the shore dimly seen thro' 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?
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    Those of you who took the time to read this thanks, and please do not burn our flag in my presence. It would cut my heart out. Our Nation Anthem became such 116 years after it was written. And No other Flag in the world inspires such pride, or fear. Take your pick! IB


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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Then I would tell you to never go to a Chicago Blackhawks game.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Or a Chiefs game.




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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Or a Cyclone football game..


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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    I make my kids show respect. That's all I can do.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    I make my kids show respect. That's all I can do.
    I wish more parents did the same, but keep up the good work. Many people have no clue what kind of sacrifice it takes to keep the freedom they all enjoy. They will realize it once it is too late, unfortunately.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Question... why is it "okay" for women to keep their hats on during the National anthem?



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Question... why is it "okay" for women to keep their hats on during the National anthem?
    shouldn't be...



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Question... why is it "okay" for women to keep their hats on during the National anthem?
    Nope. Only "okay" thing is the standing part for those who cannot.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Well said Iowaboy.



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Respect the National Anthem by not calling it the Nation Anthem?



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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    I make my kids show respect. That's all I can do.

    That is the best thing you can do.

    My son walked up to a police officer at the Baylor game, he smiled and said hello, and Sam (5yrs old) said "Thanks for being a hero." I could not have possibly been more proud of him.


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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    A little off-topic, but why is the presence of a hat considered disrespectful? Even as a small child I never understood why it was disrespectful to wear them indoors, at church, during the anthem, etc. I rarely wear a hat, and always take it off for the anthem, but I've never found it personally disrespectful. In fact, alot of times at games I see people w/hats on, hands across their hearts singing. I can't call that disrespectful myself. Just looking for some insight as to how the wearing of a hat came to be considered a measure of disrespect.


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    Re: Respect the Nation Anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Question... why is it "okay" for women to keep their hats on during the National anthem?

    The Rules for Women..
    By and large, women are generally exempt from all of the preceeding rules, particulalrly if their hat is fastened (pinned or clipped) to their hair and difficult to remove easily. Therefore, women are and were allowed to wear a hat in a church, a courtroom or at a funeral.. prettty much anywhere a man would not wear a hat, even today. Naturally, if a woman is dressed in men's style clothing (jeans, slacks, etc..) and is wearing a man's style hat or cap, it would be considered good manners for them to remove their hat for the National Anthem or a passing funeral procession, but they are basically exempt from all of the other rules and have the option of removing their hat indoors.



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