I attended two local high school graduations the third week of May. It was troubling and disappointing to notice many high school administrators and teachers did not place their hand over their heart during the singing of our National Anthem. Yes, I mean principals, administrators, and superintendents along with many teachers. Perhaps most of you grew up during the age of “disrespect for our Flag and the National Anthem” and do not know how to act during the rendering of our National Anthem. I suggest that during the upcoming annual training for teachers and administers, there should be a session on Flag and National Anthem etiquette and respect.
On the positive side, as far as I could see, the graduating students at both schools faced the flag and placed their hand over their heart during the singing of our National Anthem. Congratulations students, you were wonderful!
Two more positives at one school: Opening and closing the ceremony with prayer. Thank God, prayer is not removed from all school activities. The other positive at that school, was when the students entering military service were recognized, the applause from the audience was the loudest of all the applause. The other much larger school, had no prayer and made only cursory mention of a few students pursuing the military, there was considerable applause, but minuscule compared to the other smaller school. I guess that is the difference between a large “city” school and a “moderate sized” village school.
David L. Donley, Belleville
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