This is a pretty cool way to make good on a bet the US had with Canada over their olympic hockey matchup! Finally John Kerry does something cool!
Yes most American’s are extremely patriotic, sometimes too much so. However, I have found the lack of respect for other country’s national anthems, in the “most polite” country in the world, a bit appalling . As an American, I was taught to use the national anthem as a time to reflect, revere, remember, and to be thankful for everyone who has fought defending our country and making it free. Now of course there are places like the Chicago Blackhawk games were the fans put their own twist on the anthem by getting loud and proud or at Dallas Stars games where people yell “Stars” when it hits that word in the lyrics. However, as a personal general rule of thumb I try to treat other country’s national anthems with same respect I treat mine. I hear “Oh Canada!” at every Flames game I go to. I stand, remove my hat, remain silent, and let the Canadians enjoy their anthem however they please. Maybe it’s just me but I notice when the Flames singer belts out the National Anthem of the United States of America a lot of the fans in attendance of this Canadian hockey game continue talking, laughing, and just not caring about the anthem. Most of the people doing it do so without malice or thought of other Americans in attendance. I think this article and video of Usain Bolt stopping a live interview to show respect to the athlete and their country when their national anthem started playing during the medal ceremony is AWESOME. I respected him as an athlete before I saw this but I have the utmost respect for him as a person after seeing this. Canadians and everyone take note, I know it’s not your country’s anthem but it is someone’s country. You should respect their country’s anthem like you respect your own.
What an awesome game!!!!! Congrats to all of our American friends that play in the NCHL. Will we get a 2012 US/Can rematch in the gold medal game?