People come together for various reasons. Sometimes even over things that you might consider trivial. There is rarely anything as beautiful as seeing people spontaneously come together for a common cause especially in her age when the world seems all gloomy and dark.
Sometimes people would come together to defend someone in distress or defend the oppressed. At other times, people will simply come together to defend their common belief. Such a show of patriotism is rare but incredibly beautiful and overwhelming when it happens.
Such a show of patriotism was displayed by the crowd at a softball game. The match was between Clovis High and Buchanan at Fresno State University’s Margie Wright Diamond. When the game was about to start, the crowd were shocked when they were told the “Star Spangled Banner” wouldn’t be played before the game.
You could hear murmurs run through the crowds and some even booed loudly. But the situation quickly turned dramatic as some of the fans began to sing the national anthem, acapella style.
No one was really sure what inspired the decision not to play the anthem before the match. Many opined It isn’t unconnected to the political reasons since the NFL recently decided to fine player who kneels while the national anthem was being played. However, the coordinator of the event Bob Kayajania was quick to dismiss such opinions and explained the situation as simply national protocol.
“The national protocol is the first game of the session you have the national anthem. The game after that is just playing. We got caught. They started to play some music and the people took that as the national anthem and they all started singing, which I think is obviously a wonderful thing to show off their patriotism.” He explained.
But no matter the reason behind the decision, no one would have expected such a reaction from the crowd. Tiffany Marquez was in the crowd during the game and was able to witness first hand such an incredible display of Patriotism. She was so impressed that she had to bring out her phone and caught the whole thing on camera.
She then posted the video on Facebook and it quickly went viral with more than 1.3 million views within 2days. It has also been shared over 35,000 times with numerous likes and comments. Tiffany was interviewed by the local paper and when asked about how she felt at that moment she said.
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball. Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
One person who commented on the spontaneous display of patriotism also tried to explain the event from the perspective of the organizers:
“Great spontaneous patriotism. It was not meant to be anti-USA. Apparently, the national anthem is usually played at the first game and not those which follow. The coordinator said they will now play the national anthem at every game”
Another person wrote to explain the situation. “To their defense, they played it before the first of two tournament games that day and not before each one. They since have changed their policy. But good on the audience for calling them on it”
Another person equally impressed by the display of patriotism by the fans wrote:
“Good for the people to stand up and sing our Anthem. God bless them all. God Bless America”
Interestingly that simple move by the fans inspired a change and it was decided that the nation will be played before every game from that point on.