At a little league baseball game Friday night I heard for the second time an announcement over the loudspeaker that in lieu of the National Anthem we would hear the Little League Pledge. As quaint as the Little League Pledge may be it left me wondering why the abandoning of our National Anthem seems to be spreading to other localities.
Prior to the start of the game I introduced myself to a young man who was a former Marine ( t-shirt said so ) and had served in Afghanistan in 2006. The prosthetic arm is his daily reminder . We chatted briefly discussing the pending game where his son and my grandson would be facing off against one another.
When the announcement was made stating the Little League Pledge would be said in lieu of the National Anthem I happened to look over and catch the expression of sadness and a quiet anger that was clearly visible on his face . I pondered what was going through his mind at that very moment, perhaps asking why he along with thousands of others made sacrifices only to come home to a nation that is visibly running from its own heritage ?
A century ago immigrants came here and assimilated over a generation or two, coming to love this country as much as any native born citizen. Today we set aside our own American culture in the mindless pursuit of not wanting to “offend anyone”.
If the liberty and opportunity this nation provides , or if you have no appreciation for the sacrifices made by young men and women in uniform , then go back to wherever you came from, you simply are not welcome here.
Then the rest of us can go back to some semblance of normal, including enjoying our National Anthem before ball games. That young man’s sacrifice require we insist on this.
Bob Shannon Central Garage