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Patriotism alive and well – a Flag Day tribute

June 9, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

Glitzy, flashy and extravagant in both dress and action describes many entertainers when singing the national anthem at various venues, particularly sporting events. It seems their intent is to call attention to themselves in how good they look and sound, which could be the very reason they also sometimes botch-up the words. Contrast that to a simple rendition of the anthem performed by a small group of school children, without prior notice and without back-up music. This is precisely what was recently heard and experienced at a Memorial Day event at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum. Prepared to read short essays on the topic of the meaning of Memorial Day and the flag, they were unexpectedly asked to sing when the planned guest came down ill. Nervous, but willing, they stepped up to the challenge and helped all to feel and remember the true meaning of the day.



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