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RISE FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

by Sonya Williams

My dad was stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in NC. I was around 17. It was my very first time going to the movies off base. My friend and I went to see "Poltergeist". If you recall how the movie comes on, the television is playing the National Anthem and cuts to the snow showing the station has gone off the air. Of course, we were sitting four seats from the front right smack in the middle of the theatre seating.

Well, at the first note of the National Anthem I did what I always do....STOOD UP. My friend, who was never affiliated with the military, whispered loudly while grabbing my arm pulling me to sit down was saying "What are you doing? Sit down." I grabbed her back and told her to stand up. It was a 5 second tussle and fuss when she twisted me towards the back of the theatre and said look. I was so confused and never more embarrassed. I didn't understand why everyone in the theatre was sitting down during the National Anthem. What was wrong with these people?

At the end of the movie we discussed the event. She tried to tell me it was alright that they didn't stand. Then she reminded me that it was a part of the movie. To this day, I still don't get it. Why does America only stand for the National Anthem at sporting events? As long as my body allows, I will always stand proudly with respect for my flag and country when I hear our National Anthem.

It's so true about us brats....Our life experiences don't compare to the average citizen...our perspectives are so different.

 

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