Din­ers dis­re­spect Cana­dian an­them

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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

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