Arrowhead, Home of the Brave Facebook page ignites anthem debate again (with poll)
10/20/2013 12:02 PM
10/20/2013 3:55 PM
So you thought we were done with this discussion, right? A new Facebook page wants to get Chiefs fans to stop changing the last word of the National Anthem.
Good luck with that.
The page is calledArrowhead, Home of the Brave
, “dedicated to returning the word brave to our National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium.”
“Yes, I'll admit I screamed ‘Chiefs’ at the top of my lungs in the 90s as Gunther's defenses stormed out onto the field ... as DT and Neil Smith worked the crowd into a frenzy, we all got caught up,” writes the page’s creator.
“As I have aged and experience more and more in our awesome country I realize how special the final word of our National Anthem really is. What it means to so many people, what it means to the fans and the players on the field. The time has come to return the word ‘Brave’ to the National Anthem at Arrowhead Stadium.
“We sing the song to honor our country and not the men on the field. We will cheer them on for the following 3 plus hours, but for that moment ... that single moment, we must cheer the brave men and women who have given us the opportunity to enjoy our Chiefs every Sunday!”
Since going up on Oct. 13, the page had 684 likes as of Sunday morning. But the discussion is quite lively and definitely mixed.
“Shut the hell up!......I'm a vet and I love my nation......and I sing ‘HOME of the Chiefs’ when I'm at Arrowhead stadium. Get over it!!”
“It's the national anthem. Let's take this poll for all those people who yell Chiefs at the end of the song. If you heard someone yell home of the raiders last week you would have gotten upset right?”
“One of the things that bothers me is that many of these same people who shout ‘Chiefs’ get upset when someone changes the tempo or adds trills (is that what it's called?) during the song. A little hypocritical. Would these same people be ok with not standing for the Anthem? Changing other words? Why is it justifiable "fun" to change a word at the end? Just curious.’”
What do you think?
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