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The National Anthem Project was a public awareness campaign Started in 2005 as a Significant initiative of MENC.

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Welcome to The National Anthem Project, the effort for America singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while spotlighting the important role that music education plays in giving Americans our patriotic voice.

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Playing the National Anthem before Sports Events – why did it Backfire in the US?

Playing the National Anthem before Sports Events – why did it Backfire in the US?

National Anthem stirs the interest of any person irrespective of the country he or she might belong to. Almost all of us are closely associated with our countries, and apart from the patriotism that gushes through our veins, it is our duty to respect the national symbols as a citizen of that nation. Unlike the other countries, the origin of the national anthem in the United States of America has its own story, and it has become quite a tell-all tale. So here are some of the interesting facts as to why The US carries quite a dramatic story with respect to its national anthem, and also the reason behind why they play the national anthem before sports events.

Playing the National Anthem before Sports Events – why did it Backfire in the US?

National Anthem and sports events in the US:

Before we get to the events that were heating up in the United States of America in the past year, it is important that we take a general look at this issue. The practice of playing the national anthem before the start or at the end of the major national events is prevalent in a lot of countries. However, the practice of playing it before the start of sports events is quite American. This happens especially before the legs hit the ball in the United States. Though this isn’t weird and shows the pure patriotism that Americans have, not all are finding it right. Until recently this was not opposed in the US, and it is quite interesting to note that this has been a practice since the end of WWII. So all is not good in the hood and here are some of the relevant theories that you should know.

Protest against National Anthem in the US:

Looking at the issue through the general prism, it looks quite patriotic to play the national anthem before sports events for the rest of the world. However, the same is not the case when it comes to natives of the country. This has a practice there for more than have a century and people are now finding it difficult to take the fact that they have paid tribute to the flag before they begin watching their favourite sport.

Theory 1: People think it’s way too much:

People think that this is not the ideal way of expressing their patriotism and it looks way too much that what is required. But this has been their tradition, we all wonder. All conventional practices are protested and broken after a point, and that is the reason why this protest is also considered sensible. Since people didn’t raise opinions against the agitators, it is quite obvious that they are favouring them to an extent.

Theory 2: Sports are nothing but war :

Sports are nothing but war with bloodshed, or if I have to be a little aggressive, it is a war without death. If that is the case, it is quite ideal to start the show by paying tribute to your country and hoping that you take the throne. This is what our forefathers thought. Probably that is one of the reasons as to why they thought better of the protest and honoured the practice.

Theory 3: Politicising Sports:

People, by and large, think that sports and politics will go hand in hand if the event kick starts with the national anthem as a continuation to the war theory, earlier we ended the theory with a positive note, and here we are taking a negative turn. There is no need to politicise sports events, and for the same reason, people think that the protestors are right.

Know 5 Major Facts about the National Anthem of the USA

Know 5 Major Facts about the National Anthem of the USA

From the whole lot of things that we study about the history of the United States of America, if there is one thing that you cannot overlook, then it is the history behind the national anthem of the United States of America. A lot of things have happened over the past, and the national anthem has become one of the most conspiring things in the history of the United States of America. So here are some of the major facts that you have to know about the National Anthem of the USA.

Know 5 Major Facts about the National Anthem of the USA

Warfield is it birthplace:

The song was never composed with the intention of making it the national anthem of the country. Because the song was born in the war field almost 200 years back and it was composed by a man who still saw the American flag flying high despite all the odds in the war and instantly composed the song. That is how the song came into existence.

Francis Scott Key – the composer:

Francis Scott Key is the composer of the song. He was only an amateur poet when he composed the song, and the intention of Francis was not to write a poem though but to write a song that had a proper rhyme scheme as someday it would go along with the different song. So he worked it along with the lyrics of a different song and left it behind.

Francis was a lawyer:

Most people believe that since the song was written amidst war, chaos and bloodshed, they thought Francis had to either be a prisoner or a warrior. But he was a lawyer and not any of the above. The problem is that this misconception exists even today. He was assigned by the president to go to Baltimore on negotiating a case, and that is how he ended up there.

The Star-spangled Banner was not the real name:

First, when Key wrote his song, he did not give his song a title. Even when Key recorded it as official lyrics, he titled it as the Defence of the Fort M’Henry. Years later when the song was taken into the official record was hailed as the national anthem, it was then named as the Star – Spangled Banner, and that is how we call the song today.

Key was quite popular:

Of course, when the song was officially recognised as the national anthem of the United States of America, Key become popular. However, he already had even fame to be a part of the American history. Though he wasn’t politically motivated and had a different set of political perspectives, he was recognised as Key by most people as he a prominent figure and a lawyer representing his country.

Toni Andrews

 Toni Andrews, is the person behind this creative initiative of bringing the voices of America together. She wanted to begin this campaign that would being all best voices of the United States together and rekindled the spirits of the citizens of America. Apart from the campaign she was also interested in helping people understand various facts both historical and contemporary. This is how the blog and the movement came into effect. If it was not for Toni, many such voices would have gone unnoticed.

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