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Respect for the National Anthem

January 2, 2012
Don Lamb, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

In the past six-plus years I have witnessed some very disturbing behavior by some girls' athletic teams. Eight times I have seen high school volleyball teams swinging their arms during our national anthem. I have called the girls' Athletic Union and they send out memos forbidding such behavior. I have also called the AD's at the individual schools. Still some teams do this. Recently I saw the Des Moines North and the Des Moines East girls' basketball teams do this.

As a United State citizen I feel this is disrespectful. It is also unnecessary and is not the least bit helpful. Please be sure that your school, your coaches and your players do not do this. Thank you.



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