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Daniel D. Narum, LaMoure, N.D., Published June 01 2012

Show respect during anthem

I agree with the Editorial Board; the Marathon is a “tribute to dedication.” I have competed in the Fargo Marathon most years since it started. The half is my longest distance so far. It is a great event for Fargo and for North Dakota.

After last year’s race I exchanged some emails with the director about the lack of attention paid to our National Anthem during the opening ceremony.

This year, as the music started, I removed my hat, placed my hand over my heart and came to attention. I looked over the thousands of Americans in front of me to see the giant American flag in the distance.

Also in front of me there were service members and veterans who were running for TAPS. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is an organization serving the families of service members killed in action.

These runners had laminated cards pinned on their back each with the photo of a service member killed in the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our National Anthem brings a tear to my eye anyway, but looking at the faces of these fallen warriors really hits home.

As the anthem played I looked out over the crowd, toward the flag to see hundreds of people with their hats still on and conversations still going. People continued bouncing and warming up for the race, oblivious to the National Anthem, the flag, the faces of those fallen warriors and oblivious to those few of us, standing at attention, right hands over our hearts.

As an old fashioned, patriotic American, and veteran, I sincerely hope that this is on the list of improvements for next year’s race.