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Where I Stand


Since today is September 11, it seemed like a good time to tell every one where I stand on what has, from time to time, been an issue of controversy regarding Blackhawk home games. I am referring to, of course, the way Hawks fans react to the singing of the National Anthem. I was reminded of this today due to the fact that Jim Cornelison, the Hawks Anthem singer, will be performing the Anthem at Soldier Field today for the Chicago Bears game. For those who don’t know what I am referring to, at every game Jim stands on the ice next to 2 or 3 veterans from the U.S. military. From the opening note of The Star Spangled banner, the entire crowd begins to clap and cheer. This has been going on for quite some time—watch below the National Anthem on from the 1991 All Star game if you want a pretty good example. This nationally televised game, which occurred just days after the war started in the Persian Gulf, was a lot of Americans first exposure to this tradition. (Note; Wayne Messmer was the Hawks public address announcer and singer at that time).

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