Patriotism Isn't Dead
October 5, 2017 8:10am CST
Last night I went to my grandchildren festival of flags performance. Both my granddaughter and grandson are in the marching bands at their schools. My granddaughter has been a part of the school marching band since middle school and then transitioned to the high school band so she is pretty much a pro at these events. My grandson was nervous as this was his first time performing in front of such a large crowd. I have to say for 7th graders and their first time they did a great job. There were 6 other schools participating in this event and I'm prejudiced saying our school was the best. NOT!! They were awesome. Of course having 250 band members marching and doing their thing makes a pretty impressive sight. Some of the other schools had far less members in their marching bands. Anyway, the point I wanted to make wasn't really about the band itself. The bleachers were packed with spectators and everyone was in good spirits. When the National Anthem started to play the place got incredibly silent, everyone stood and placed their hands over their hearts. I was almost in tears seeing the patriotism in this crowd. There wasn't a single person who refused to stand, no protests and no kneelers. I don't really like to post anything that is political but I just had to say that patriotism isn't dead and respect for the flag was apparent.
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Nothing contributes more to a parade, in my opinion, then a marching band. That is one thing that I do love about a marching band. We came from such a small rural area that they would import marching bands for our parades otherwise I'd not know what they are.
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Since I'm originally from New York the only big marching bands I ever saw were in the parades in New York City for either St. Patricks Day or Thanksgiving. I was always a big lover of marching bands so when my granddaughter joined here in her school I was thrilled. She is living one of my dreams