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Boston Hockey Fans Drown Out Soloist In Singing Of National Anthem

April 18, 2013 by  

Usually, when a mob of people acts as one, the results are ugly. But Wednesday’s game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres was preceded by a rendition of the national anthem that, for a moment, united thousands of people at Boston’s TD Bank Garden in a pretty uplifting way.

Still galvanized by Monday’s bomb attack on bystanders at the Boston Marathon, the emotional home crowd spontaneously took over the singing, drowning out Rene Rancourt, who’s been doing the pre-game service for more than 40 years.

Rancourt wisely stepped aside midway through the proceedings, allowing the voices of 17,000 people to ring through the arena:

 

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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