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Standing Alone

Recently I read about a young man named Jonathan Isaac, who was the only person who stood in respect of the flag and the National Anthem at one of the Orlando Magic games.

This made me wonder how much courage this took and if this young man would get any repercussions by teammates or others for having decided to do so. All the other team members and coaches, with the blessings of the owners, “took a knee” while some held a clinched fist in the air.

Jonathan Isaac stands alone for the National Anthem at Magic game Photo credit (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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How important is the National Anthem to the people of a country?

To not acknowledge the real purpose of the National Anthem flag could be seen as a form of disrespect. In today’s world, there are many who fervently espouse their cause, whatever it may be, by using the National Anthem of the United States as their rallying point.

Therefore, I ask again…how important is this anthem we sing? Let’s start with a definition:

national anthem (also state anthemnational hymn, national song, etc.) is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. (Wikipedia)

If then, it evokes history, traditions and struggles of its people,” should it not be given great respect?

This song, our National Anthem, and our flag are part of a great American history. Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words as he observed the flag flying over Fort McHenry, after a battle with the British in the War of 1812.

The 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner” occurred in 2014 with various special events occurring throughout the United States. The men and women who died for freedom, under this flag, are great in number. To sing and honor the flag and our Anthem is, without question, one of our greatest privileges. Certainly, those in the battle for independence and battles since for world freedom have seen great struggles. Many had to stand alone.

1812 Flag that flew over Fort McHenry at National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute

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Is it really important to stand during the singing of the National Anthem?

Some may not realize that there was a federal law concerning the appropriate way to honor the singing of the National Anthem and the associated flag ceremony. I bet you didn’t know how many revisions there have been to that law and what is considered appropriate by most citizens when the Anthem is played. Here are the highlights of the law:

….When the U.S. national anthem was first recognized by law in 1931, there was no prescription as to behavior during its playing.

….On June 22, 1942, the law was revised indicating that those in uniform should salute during its playing, while others should simply stand at attention, men removing their hats. The same code also required that women should place their hands over their hearts when the flag is displayed during the playing of the national anthem, but not if the flag was not present.

….On December 23, 1942, the law was again revised …to stand at attention and face in the direction of the music when it was played…

On July 7, 1976, the law was simplified. Men and women were instructed to stand with their hands over their hearts, men removing their hats, irrespective of whether or not the flag was displayed and those in uniform saluting. ..

….Because of the changes in law over the years and confusion between instructions for the Pledge of Allegiance versus the National Anthem, throughout most of the 20th century many people simply stood at attention and they would hold their hand (or hat) over their heart.

****After 9/11, the custom of placing the hand over the heart during the playing of the national anthem became nearly universal. (Wikipedia)

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Peer pressure and the concern about NOT looking like a person who doesn’t stand with some worthy goal, people sometimes became more hesitant. Even people in leadership positions felt that they, too, had to made some kind of statement of “unity” with those who opposed respectfully standing. As leaders, who love our country, one would think that they would believe that HONOR and RESPECT was important.

This is the reason that I am writing this post to also honor the young man, Jonathan Isaac, who was willing to be his own person and to show his appreciation for his country. Standing alone for, especially for a young person, is not an easy matter.

Mike Bianchi wrote in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper the following about Isaac:

“Jonathan Isaac certainly shouldn’t be vilified. He has nothing to apologize for, and doesn’t have to “knee” to show he cares about human kind. He won the Magic’s Community Service Award last year.”

Bianchi sent on to explain what Isaac is doing with his wealth and commitment to his Savior, Jesus Christ. He lists a few of this activities as feeding underprivileged children; raising money to fight for literacy; relief in the Bahamas and taking students to the African Art Gallery to learn about African American history.

Jonathan Isaac also made a statement to the press: “We are all sinners and the answers to all the world’s problems, not just racism, is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

May Jonathan be blessed with many years of serving humanity and his country in whatever way he will be lead in the future. With his faith and belief in America and his fellow countrymen and women, we will most likely hear more about him in the future.

Jonathan, you are NOT STANDING ALONE. There are many who happily stand with you.

Turn on your sound.

The National Anthem is for ALL AMERICANS. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.


The Fly-Over and the National Anthem of the U.S.A…Great Stuff!

In case you missed it…or didn’t plan to watch it…or for any other reason, you decided to turn the channel…here is one of the most beautiful songs for patriotic Americans and some history of the Heritage Foundation and the great pilots who did the Super Bowl Fly-Over.

The Fly-Over 2018:   

 “The Fly-Over this year was an interesting mix of aircraft flying over U.S. Bank Stadium.  There were four planes representing three generations of aircraft for the flyover:  F-16,   A-10 and P-51. They were flying in a diamond formation with the P-51 out in front, the A-10s even with each other on the side and the F-16 bringing up the rear.”  It was the United States Air Force effort to preserve and present planes of the past.  

The Heritage Foundation: ” Founded in 2010, it’s a nonprofit that brings together historic aircraft with contemporary fighters for public displays. Its charitable mission to make those planes available for events like this one. The flights are a living memorial to those who have served and are still serving.”  (click on link to learn more about the Foundation)

fly over for 2018

The picture above is a representation of the aircraft in the actual Fly-Over.

“It’s a really unique formation to take a look at, because you never really get to see those vintage aircraft flying with modern fighters.” 

“The heritage formation is unique. It’s usually just four modern day fighters that are all similar operating at similar speeds and used to doing a flyover together,” Maj. John Waters, the F-16 pilot, said.

“It’s a sign of strength and unity and the sacrifices that have been made… ”   (from SBNation by Ryan Van Bibber)

In honor of all branches of the military, we present:

The Military Honor Guard and THE NATIONAL ANTHEM    (turn up your sound…way up!  If blocked, click on YouTube link given.)


The POWER of the FLAG

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The Flag…what does it mean to us?   It represents everything that our nation stands for..FREEDOM.   They can rip it…burn it…hang it up side down, but it will still have the power to stand for all that men and women have died to protect…FREEDOM. 

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Here is the story of why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner…our National Anthem.  If the young people in your family cannot tell you why Francis Scott Key wrote this song, send this blog to them.  Perhaps as they grow up, they will cherish it as millions do.  The future adults of  America  should never be in  doubt whether the flag “…still waves over the land of the free or the home of the brave.”

Video   Turn up sound


Sing it from the balconies!

We are always being told how far down the academic list our American students are in comparison to other nations.  This may be true in some areas of education. As for the Arts, one must not forget that many school districts cut music and art from the curriculum while they funded sports.

When I traveled to Japan, as an educator to study the Japanese educational system, one wing of a high school that I was visiting  was filled with baby-grand pianos on which students were practicing. Even after the the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the music studios were left in ruins, the Japanese music students continued to practice and perform in other areas of Japan. (Tohoku earthquake in 2011  triggered a Tsunami  causing an accident at the nuclear energy plant)  Their love of music could not be destroyed.

I also may add that I saw high school students mopping their school’s hallways. Asking if they were being punished, I was told they take turns doing it because they are proud of their school.  I think it may be time to “Make our Students Proud Again”.

In choral music, like the video you are about to see, the 500 high school choral students performing from the balconies of the Louisville Hyatt Regency Hotel, they are the best.  The National Anthem for the United States, The Star Spangled Banner, showcased the students at the Kentucky Music Education Convention and their outstanding abilities.

During this political season, we hear Mr. Trump describe his hundreds of grand hotels around the world. I have an idea.   Perhaps he could donate (tax write-off) some of his millions to support these students in traveling around the world as Music Student Ambassadors  for the U.S.   It would be a great cultural experience and a boost to using their talents in some of the places they would never see in a life-time.  See if you agree with me.

Video (Turn on sound and enlarge screen)