I’ve complained a great deal about my hometown of California. I’ve written about high taxes, unreasonable regulations, and power-hungry bureaucrats.  So, after all that, I had to point out this great story out of Fresno.

On Friday, Clovis High and Buchanan High met to play the Central Section championship.  Normally, the national anthem is played before each match up.  But not this time.  An announcer came on the loudspeaker and said, “There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball.”

Presumably, event coordinator Bob Kayajanian of the Central Section thought that this would a welcome break from the intense politics that have recently surrounded the Star Spangled Banner.  But that was not the case.  The crowd stood up and sang the national anthem themselves. The Fresno Bee reported:

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.

When the song was over, the crowd burst into a round of applause.

“Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building,” said Tiffany Marquez who happened to be in the stands.  “There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”

Can you imagine the decision that Kayajanian made, especially considering this was Memorial Day weekend?  To his credit, the patriotic display of the fans caused him to rethink his decision:

“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem,” he said. “The games after that are just played. We got caught (off-guard). Both the teams turned to face the field and they all started singing the national anthem. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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