Rousing salute to veterans, with WWII warbirds soaring, kicks off Main Event Day at Back to the Bricks
FLINT, MI — An opening ceremony honoring veterans and active duty personnel, including flyovers from military aircraft, a rendition of the National Anthem and more, kicked off Main Event Day at Back to the Bricks. Main Event Event Day, where hundreds of car enthusiasts and classic cars come together for an annual car show, commenced at 10 a.m. as veterans and military personnel gathered near the American flag as it was raised. Deryl Haskins, 73, owner of a 2004 Chevrolet SSR, was one of those veterans who gathered near the flag on Saturday. Shortly after veterans saluted the flag, four WWII warbirds shot across the sky. “This is a great day,” Neeley said.mlive.com
Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed to play the national anthem after the NBA reiterated its policy to require the song. “This tradition traces its roots back more than a century – even pre-dating the song’s adoption as the national anthem. No matter the scope, there is no penalty for violating the requirement, so even if the bar league softball team skipped the national anthem, there would be no repercussion under the law. Dan Patrick has said that requiring the national anthem at all Texas venues that receive public funding will be among his top legislative priorities this session. Although playing the national anthem before games is a staple of American sports at the professional and collegiate levels, it is far less common in other countries.
What people thought of Lady Gaga’s National Anthem at the Biden/Harris inauguration
“Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor,” Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter shortly before her performance. Respectfully and kindly, Lady Gaga.”Here are some reactions from celebrities and people around the world to Lady Gaga’s National Anthem performance at the 59th inauguration ceremony. JLo and Lady Gaga both phenomenal. — Joseph Herbert (@josepherbert) January 20, 2021Best national anthem ever & I really want @ladygaga’s pin. Thank you, thank you, thank you.mlive.com
'A sad day': NBA reacts to Capitol protest, Blake decision
In Phoenix, the Suns and Toronto Raptors stood in a circle and linked arms for the American and Canadian anthems. Wednesday's events came one day after the decision to not to bring charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year was announced. The NBA had a rule for decades that players and coaches must stand for the national anthem. That resulted in a turnover, as did the ensuing Detroit possession when Blake Griffin held the ball and players took a knee again. The Bucks said after the game they held the ball for 7 seconds to reflect the seven times Blake was shot.
Young girl impresses audience at Oakland University basketball game with rendition of National Anthem
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 6-year-old girl from Macomb Township is wowing people with her rendition of the National Anthem. She started gaining attention when a video of her singing went viral. Olivia Scally, 6, sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” before an Oakland University women’s basketball game against Milwaukee on Saturday. Watch the video above for the full report.