Anthem disgraces

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Regarding Randy Johnson’s letter on Wednesday (“Anthem Awfulness,” May 28): As a veteran, I fully agree with her that the way the national anthem is being sung is a disgrace. When watching the NFL, I think the biggest abusers are the gospel singers, Grammy winners and the most popular groups or singers who sing the national anthem on TV. Last year’s Super Bowl is a prime example — the opera singer was horrible.

Ms. Johnson is right when she says the anthem was written to be sung one way. If they can’t sing it that way, then get a college band or a prerecorded anthem sung by a military group. It’s a disgusting show for all past, present and future soldiers of the armed forces to have to endure the singers singing it their way and not the way it was meant.

One final thought: Have you ever watched an NHL game with a team from Canada and they sing the Canadian anthem? Every one of those people sing it the right way — something to be proud of.

The NFL should be ashamed of itself — only doing it for ratings. Every veteran should write NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and put pressure on him to do the right thing. When the anthem is sung the right way only then can I say it’s a moment of pride for Americans.

Sergeant 1st Class (retired)
U.S. Army
East McKeesport


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