I have had the pleasure of hearing Jim Cornelison in person, when Notre Dame hired him for the dedication game of our new Hockey Arena.  He’s the Chicago Blackhawks anthem singer.  The tradition for his singing the Anthem is for the fans to cheer loudly from the second he starts, with some extra emphasis when he gestures strongly to the flag “and our flag was still there”.

Incidentally, here’s a little Notre Dame WWII history:  In 1940, two Notre Dame men were elected to the leadership of two major war veteran organizations. Raymond J. Kelly, of Detroit, was elected National Commander of the American Legion, and Lewis J. Murphy, of South Bend, was made National Commander of the Disabled Veterans. Murphy had been wounded in France in 1918.

1.   Why Being American Is Awesome: Jim Cornelison's ... - YouTube

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Country Singers are notoriously patriotic.  Billy Ray Cyrus wrote a great song about contributions made by our military during wartime.

Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All - YouTube



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Music video by Billy Ray Cyrus performing Some Gave All. (C) 1993 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG ...

Nobody can put a hurt in a song like the late George Jones.  Most of us have known someone who was lost in Viet Nam.  George Jones captures the emotion we feel when we think of those sacrifices.

1.   Fifty Thousand Names Carved In The Wall ~ George Jones - YouTube

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Generally, I like our National Anthem played “straight”, but this rock version is respectful and very energizing.

1.   Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner - YouTube

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Available on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/star-spangled-banner-single/id533117174 Available ...

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