Tuesday, September 26, 2017

History of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in the NFL and the Involvement of the DoD

The history of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in the NFL, from tradition to what’s in the rule-book.

The first documented performance of the National Anthem was in Brooklyn in 1862.

American Conservative Political Commentator Ben Shapiro Discusses the NFL National Anthem Protest Controversy

Ben Shapiro reacts to the NFL anthem protests, President Trump's comments in Huntsville, and the response from prominent NBA players Lebron James and Stephen Curry.

Ben Shapiro discusses various NFL teams taking a knee, National Anthem performers taking a knee, Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva standing for the National Anthem while his team protested by staying in the locker room during the National Anthem.

Shapiro also discusses the expansion of the controversy into the NBA and the music world with Stevie Wonder.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Enthusiastic Singing of the USA and Russia National Anthems at the 2011 Rugby World Cup

USA v Russia anthems stir the heart in November 2011.

Enthusiastic performance of the USA 2011 Rugby World Cup Team and the RUSSIA 2011 Rugby World Cup Team as they sing their respective national anthems. Two stirring and heartfelt performances of the national anthems at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

US lyrics (common stanza)

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Russia lyrics translated to English

Russia – our sacred state,
Russia – our beloved country.

A mighty will, a great glory –

Yours forever for all time!

Be glorious, our free Fatherland,
Ancient union of brotherly peoples,
Ancestor-given wisdom of the people!
Be glorious, our country! We are proud of you!
From the southern seas to the polar lands

Spread are our forests and fields.

You are unique in the world, one of a kind –

This native land protected by God!

Wide expanse for dreams and for living

Are opened for us by the coming years

Our loyalty to the Fatherland gives us strength.

So it was, so it is, and so it always will be!


+ + + + +

Champions Gold New Zealand
Runner-up Silver France
Third-place Bronze Australia

Trumpet Players from Mariachi Band, "Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez" Play the National Anthem

Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez performs the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the Dodgers host the Mets in NLDS Game 2, October 10, 2015.

The National Anthem played with heart by three trumpet players from the Mariachi Band, "Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez" with Jose Hernandez, center.

One commenter on the YouTube post said, "I saw this live at the Saturday game (Scully coin night/la gran fiesta) and believe me, this video does no justice to the performance, it was beautiful.... tears to my eyes."

See also ...

Still One of the Best Versions, If Not The Very Best Performance by a Trumpet Player of the National Anthem by Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet, National Anthem Orange Bowl, January 1, 2009.

Extremely clear tone, and fantastic technique and style by top trumpet player Arturo Sandoval during his performance of the National Anthem at the Orange Bowl on January 1, 2009.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Constitution Day, September 17

This Constitution Day, John Stossel asks: what's the most important part of the 230-year-old document?

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is a federal observance in the United States that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Constitution Day is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

Iowa schools first recognized Constitution Day in 1911, and in 1917, the Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day. The committee would include members such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.

The Sons of the American Revolution is a Federally Chartered Corporation located in Louisville, Kentucky. The Sons of the American Revolution is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that describes its purpose as "maintaining and extending the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created, from the people of many nations, coming together as one nation and one people."