On Capitol Hill one June day in 1955, moments after what was dubbed as a premiere of The Pledge of Allegiance set to music, House members in attendance and gallery spectators looking on engaged in a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
It wasn't planned for our national lawmakers to sing the United States' anthem that day. It never is.
Sports, however, have and continue to ritualize it with barely a shred of relevance.
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