Friday, September 2, 2016

Why The National Anthem Means Something To Military Families




I'm sure many of you have heard about the football player who is refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Look, I don't agree with him, but it's his right to do it. Free speech and all that. Do I find it disrespectful? Absolutely. But we live in a country where things like that are acceptable.

What I don't find as accepting are tweets like this:



I immediately thought "What a pompous rich jerk." He doesn't get it. He doesn't understand that the anthem means a lot to our troops, who leave their families to give people like him the freedom to sing. He gets paid millions of dollars to croon songs and those who go to dangerous countries are given an embarrassingly low sum.




When the National Anthem plays, it's amazing to see all the soldiers stand erect, arms down their sides, fists curled. Even if they aren't in uniform they immediately face towards the direction of the flag--or if there isn't a flag, they face the direction of the location of the nearest flag. This is dedication. It always brings tears to my eyes. I can always, always spot the soldiers because of their stance when the song is on. Always.

Sometimes you'll see a troop with tears in their eyes while the song plays. They might be thinking of the battles they've fought. The friends they have lost. What it truly means to be an American.



The song doesn't mean as much to every single troop. Everyone is different, after all. I see some veterans are even supporting the football player who refuses to stand. It's their opinion. It's why our country is great: people can have differing views.

But for me? I love the National Anthem. I immediately think of my husband. Of everyone out there defending my freedom. And honestly, the way John Legend sings it is not my taste, so I do not agree with his tweet. One of the best? Not in my eyes.

I'm proud to be the wife of a soldier. I'm proud that my children have a selfless Daddy who would give his life for his country.





I'm proud that we have the National Anthem so we can remember those who have died for their country. So we can be thankful for what we have. Some people do not understand what it truly means, and that's okay.



So John Legend, yes, there are those who "really truly love that song".

In case you were wondering.


70 comments:

  1. I was born in a different country and get goosebumps hearing the US national anthem! It means a lot to me. I also like the Canadian one for obvious reasons ;) I don't see what people have problems with.

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  2. Yep! It's remembering and respecting the sacrifice. I didn't understand this until I married a vet/Marine. Id be embarrassed to not stand for the anthem because it's to show those who sacrifice family, time, and their lives so that we may live the way we do in this country.

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  3. God. These celebrities need to do their jobs (entertaining) and quit opening their mouths.

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    2. Without typos galore*

      I only pay attention to titles going through posts from people I follow, not the blog itself. Immedately assumed it was by you until it loaded. LOL
      Military wife's know what's up. Loveeeee reading both you & Airing my laundry's political views. Nobody can even argue either of you. Nobody has the right or the knowledge/experience of being a wife of a military husband/vice versa.

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    3. Aw Harlynn you are the best.
      I miss the days when celebrities just entertained us and didn't have to make some big to do over everything (aka run their mouths). Like Shirley Temple during the depression! I just want someone to entertain me and let me get away for awhile. Not stir shit up online! These celebrities are so attention seeking, narcissistic and generally annoying.

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    4. That would be nice if celebrities would stop talking about stuff they don't understand, but I doubt it will happen :/

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  4. This shit is something I'll never forget watching, like 911. In the living room sitting on the couch, my man gets up to get more Reese's Puffs. Noticed he stopped in his tracks starring at the screen, as I heard that shit. Saw 3/4 of the TV and got up to see that bullshit.
    I can't even express my full opinion on this racial war.
    Not even because I'm white. Because we ain't got the time for a racial war again. Really gonna BS around when shit like Isis pops up? REALLY!?
    Which people such as your husband protect us from. Everyone should respect they're lucky enough to be living in America. If not, go home and "rep" the amazing country their ancestors are from.
    And wtf is this racist part? The "ramparts"? Said the national anthem a couple of times, and the only word I didn't get was ramparts. Obviously googled the definition. It's either something unwelcome, or an animal on a particular set of legs...(arms?) raised facing the left side. We saw ramparts gallantly streaming watching fireworks. Probably horses? Is that even the part? Either way it's an adjective.

    Apparently I'm too ignorant to spot something that's offensive to America in it?

    I'm so happy you posted about this. If you didn't notice.

    Blessings to your family. Feel proud AF to be his woman.

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    1. Thank you so much! I totally get what you mean.

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  5. Thank you for your husband's service, for your families sacrifices to help our country.
    Thank you for writing this, too! I couldn't agree more.

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  6. Great post! Thanks to your husband for all he does for our country.

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  7. I've been away and missed so much, it seems. I like that you talk about what this means to you. Perhaps he should have chosen his words a lot more carefully!

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  8. You know my thoughts on it! I agree with you 100%. Our husbands are amazing, badass airmen, and that special anthem is so much more special to me now as a military wife! ����

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  9. I am with you on this! Definitely their right to sit or stand, or whatever. That tweet though...

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  10. That is disgusting that he wrote that. Get over yourself John. You aren't that important. Good for you Amber for writing and sharing this post. I plan to share your post as well.

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  11. Thank you for writing this. The National Anthem will always give me chills. You are right, you can always recognize someone who has served in the military just by his/her posture when the song is played. And yes, sometimes their teary eyes (I see that often with my own husband). Thanks for sharing this.

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  12. YES!!! 100% yes, I absolutely love this post.

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  13. I'm not officially an American, but seeing that I grew up there and had to sing the anthem in elementary school, I do love it!! Man, John, why you have to go and say shit like that?

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  14. I was so proud to hear our national anthem so many times over the summer. It certainly stirs something inside.

    "God Save the Queen!"

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  15. YES! I love the National Anthem even if I can't sing it at all! And I hate John Legend's voice so whatever dude.

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  16. I absolutely love this. My husband is a soldier, my FIL is a solider, we have many many cousins in the military and both mine and my husbands grandfathers were all military as well. This is very well written and I completely agree with you.

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  17. Since I have a differing opinion I will just say that everyone has a right to their opinion and there isn't one side to any story. I respect your feelings on it.

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    2. Yes, different opinions are what makes the world interesting!

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  18. The song doesn't speak to the current climate of the country. He isn't protesting the anthem, he's protesting the treatment of a people, American people, and human beings being treated equally in the eyes of the law... respect for human beings, should be more important than respect for an anthem.

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    1. I disagree, but I see your point.

      This post was mostly in response to John Legend's tweet though.

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  19. While I love the Anthem and am a former miliary wife, I absolutely understand his position. Our miliary fights for the right for everyone to have an opinion. Period. Freedom. In fact other versus in the anthem that most don't know celebrate slavery itself. I think when people take a stand, or a kneel, or speak against the anthem itself, they are speaking to their personal experience and have an absolute right to do so. You have a right to not agree with them.

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  20. Such a controversial subject. My husband served in the Air Force so we are an anthem respecting family. We see it as honoring all that is good in America and the promise of what it can be. Others obviously see it as all that is wrong with America. America is not all good or all bad. Unfortunately by not honoring our flag or anthem, we're dishonoring those who have sacrificed and died under that flag in defense of our country. All those who have served do so because they love America despite its faults. They don't fight in favor of all the problems we have here that need addressed, they fight for the good we have done and can do. And they fight for the right of all Americans to protest whatever way they see fit.

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  21. Although I am not American and coming to Canada as an infant I respect the Canadian anthem as well as the your US anthem for everything that it means to our family here and in the US = FREEDOM! Had my parents not immigrated and given us a live of freedom I shudder to think what our lives would have been like!As for John ~ he's just a big ass and has no clue!!

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  22. These is a great and touching read. Love the images you paired with it as well!

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  23. I am not surprised John Legend said what he did about the national anthem. You're so right, Amber. He gets paid millions of dollars to SING. But has he ever served in the military? Has he ever fought in a war? Has he ever been deployed for a year or more away from his family? Our military is UNDERPAID! We place value on entertainers and famous people like John Legend, but we underpay our military. And what's worse, when they get out of the service, they either get shitty retirement pay or poor veterans benefits. My husband got out of the Army last year after serving 8.5 years. I am very proud of his service in the Army. And to this day, every time I see our Army stand at attention and salute the flag when the Star-Spangled Banner is played, I get goose bumps and tears in my eyes. Screw John Legend.

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    1. Just want to add...not just Army, but all military branches...

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    2. Yup, celebrities don't always know what they are talking about. They think they do, but then they get to go home to their millions.

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  24. I absolutely agree. The anthem is sacred and not something to be used in protest or to be criticized.

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  25. The National Anthem is so important and should be respected on all counts. I was furious when the Tenors changed the words to the Canadian Anthem at the All Star Baseball Game and thought it was terrible. I think everyone from a nation should respect such an important song that sends the message from that nation to everyone abroad.

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  26. I'm so happy you posted this. As a military child myself, I can't help but stand and respect the Anthem as it plays. Although I don't personally agree with military tactics and things that have been going on, and actually also agree that people have a right to not stand when they hear it, i't doesn't mean all military members are bad and yes people put their lives not the line to fight for this country so that I respect. And that is what matters most to me when I hear the Anthem

    -alongcamekatrina.com

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  27. In love with your blog by the way! So clever and just what military families need

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  28. The national anthem always gives me a shiver when I hear it played. I guess I am just of those individuals who is reminded about all the veterans who risk their life. All my 5 siblings except me are in the military. I am proud of them.

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    1. Same here. And thank your siblings for their service.

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  29. Awesome post! The national anthem is very important for every person but I bet that for you it's some deeper meaning

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  30. I think we have the right to protest but I do not agree with not standing for the National Anthem. To many died for our freedoms they deserve our respect

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  31. Its so important to not only our country, but the individuals who serve!

    Sondra Barker
    PrettyFitFoodie
    prettyfitfoodie.com

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  32. its national and should serve as a reminder of our heroes past. they stood and fought for us in different way... when i remember my countries national anthem i get this cold chill down my spine and sometimes i get into tears... thanks for reminiding me of those who made the country what they are now.

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  33. Kaepernick is right- when this country acknowledges the disgusting injustices that happen every single day to people of color,then I'll stand. It's facist to force people to stand anyways. Get over yourself.

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  34. As a military wife I 100% agree. Some people dont understand how much is sacrificed for their freedoms.

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    1. They really don't. It can get frustrating.

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  35. I do love the national anthem. The story behind it is powerful too, as is what it still stands for! Thanks for being a military family.

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  36. I love the song as well, and hope my children grow up realizing that it does hold so much meaning. Thank you for your family's service to our country!

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  37. Your title is why the national anthem means something to military families. And I appreciate what you're saying, I do. But it floors me that you are completely unable to understand what it might mean or represent to someone else. The fact that your response is that pompous rich jerk tells me you are part of the problem and easily wash over whatever he might mean with your obviously very sheltered white experience. Do you even know the history of the song? Who wrote it? Do you know the song in it's entirety? I am going to assume you know American history and also must know that there is a big difference in your history in this country and the history of someone of color. The ignorance that most whites are showing about this highlights how out of tune most are and how far we really do still need to go. This song was never a unanimous fit. Ever since it was chosen in 1931 people have argued it's suitability. It does not (in my opinion) represent this country as a whole. It is what we know as the anthem, and of course you and your family can say it represents you, but it doesn't represent everyone. God bless America, America the beautiful....those are songs I can get behind.

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  38. Your title is why the national anthem means something to military families. And I appreciate what you're saying, I do. But it floors me that you are completely unable to understand what it might mean or represent to someone else. The fact that your response is that pompous rich jerk tells me you are part of the problem and easily wash over whatever he might mean with your obviously very sheltered white experience. Do you even know the history of the song? Who wrote it? Do you know the song in it's entirety? I am going to assume you know American history and also must know that there is a big difference in your history in this country and the history of someone of color. The ignorance that most whites are showing about this highlights how out of tune most are and how far we really do still need to go. This song was never a unanimous fit. Ever since it was chosen in 1931 people have argued it's suitability. It does not (in my opinion) represent this country as a whole. It is what we know as the anthem, and of course you and your family can say it represents you, but it doesn't represent everyone. God bless America, America the beautiful....those are songs I can get behind.

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    1. Replied over on your blog! I respect your opinion, but I won't waver from my own :)

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