At almost every sporting event - big or small - there's one thing that kicks off the start, the Star-Spangled Banner. It's the national anthem of the United States and it should mean something.... right?
It pays homage to this great nation that we live in and it's the only thing that everyone from an ordinary Joe to a military service member to a political dignitary can not only take part in but no one individual is greater than another.
It's a sign of respect and reverence that everyone who lives in this nation should ALWAYS show and take part in. It's also one of the most difficult "songs" to sing and those who perform it in public have a duty to do represent and do it tastfully.
There were three teens on February 3rd that kick started the 2012 First Hawaiian Bank High School Canoe Paddling Championships in Hilo that did just that. Star-Advertiser reporter Christie Wilson witnessed a chicken skin moment as Jacob Kaumuali'i Kailiwai-Ching, Hero Wooching and Kameron Kalamaku Freitas sang an awesome acapella harmony rendition that I've never heard before and more than likely won't hear again.
Luckily we got YouTube..........
Wasn't that awesome?
Although - I dunno about you - but when I hear the national anthem being sung, I stand up a little straighter, my hat or visor is always off and I certainly do not talk to anyone. If I'm not at my seat, I pause where I am and if I'm in a conversation I'll stop cold.
Did you see da braddah just walking through DURING the anthem?
Wassup Wit Dat!
Did you see him right before they started singing? Check out the video again and look between the deck post and you'll see him start to walk, pause, think about it then after some time just decide to walk through carrying his roll of cable. I really cannot fathom something so drastically urgent that he couldn't have waited till the anthem finished.
Is two minutes of his time too precious to spare to give respect to his country? (Yes, the national is usually sung in under two minutes) Was his life on the line? Was there a fire he had to get to?
Some may think it's not a big deal or something to WWD! about but then again, respect may not be high on their list. I guess if he was farther away it wouldn't have "mattered" but judging from the video, he appeared only yards away from the stage. I'm just glad that the trio wasn't facing him as they were singing their hearts out cause if I was, I would have been a little deflated seeing someone carelessly walk through going about their business as if nothing was happening.
How do you feel about the national anthem? Do you hold it in high regards or just another song? Do you sing along?
btw, da trio also sang Hawai'i Pono'i (the full three verses instead of repeating the first one twice) and da lolo was still "working".