While some areas of the country celebrated Memorial Day by thanking a soldier or hosting American-themed barbecues, a high school in California must have forgotten the meaning of real patriotism this weekend.
The Clovis High School softball team played against Buchanan High at the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend, but surprised fans after announcing they wouldn’t be singing the national anthem before the game. No reason was given for the decision, but fans weren’t happy.
What happened next was an unexpected demonstration of patriotism. (RELATED: This NFL Team CEO Will Pay National Anthem Protest Fines For His Players)
“Following a loud chorus of boos, the patriotic crowd stood up and began singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ a cappella,” the Fresno Bee reports. “Many removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts. Others simply stood tall with pride. Players stopped their pregame warmups to turn around and face the American flag that waved beyond the center-field wall.”
It’s pretty awesome to see something like this. Especially in a state like California, which has been torn in overt political division since President Trump’s election.
And as the national anthem debates rage on across the country, this high school has received national attention for its decision to carry on tradition and play the anthem before an event. Let’s hope the rest of the country – and our professional sports leagues – takes notes.
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