Diners disrespect Canadian anthem
Tonight I had the opportunity to go to supper with my two sons - the younger is 16 and his 19-year-old brother. The elder one is a proud reservist home on a pass from a tasking at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, N.B. We were enjoying our buffet meal at the Red Shores Racetrack and Casino when during the course of our meal the national anthem began to play over the loudspeaker. Everyone in the restaurant quickly recognized the national anthem and rose to their feet - my son the reservist being one of the first as soon as he heard the anthem.
Everyone’s good, well, almost everyone, the people at the next table didn’t bother to get up. Shame on them. As I stood there I could feel the blood run to my face. My sons and I stood in disbelief as the entire anthem played out and these people did not rise to their feet. I thought, well, give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they can’t stand. No, they could walk up the stairs to get their plate filled at the buffet, so no, that wasn’t the reason. The reason was lack of pride - that’s all that I could see.
Have some respect for your country. Stand as tall and proud as you are able. Show respect for your flag, your anthem, and your soldiers. And when you hear the anthem, put down your fork, remove your hat and get on your feet. Phil Allen, Stratford