Posted by Alwina Stillwell on Sep 25, 2013 under

With the start of the NFL season, perhaps all team owners should be 

sent the following:


From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan .


"So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice 

to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a 

sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations 

for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing 

it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling.


"Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, 

airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the 



Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets 

wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their 

cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and 

the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a 

superstar musician.


They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that 

tells the audience that it is about America , not you.


And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual.

We're getting a little weary of that.


Francis Scott Key does not need any help."

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