National Anthem Debate

The Assembly debated legislation to require that the national anthem be played before all sports games in venues that receive public funding. In my remarks, I discussed how I respect the national anthem and recognize the importance of playing it as we do now before sport events.

However, as a former high school coach, I know that mandatory repeats of the national anthem pose logistical problems, such as when multiple games are occurring in close spaces or at tournaments where multiple games are played throughout one day. I believe that when the anthem is played, we should be thinking about the meaning and significance of it.

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