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National Anthem

March 06, 1988

In Calgary true patriot love showed on the face of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as he stood amid the Canadian electorate . . . (not in a bullet-proof box) . . . during the singing of their national anthem at the Olympics (Feb. 20). The soloist, an a cappella vocalist, was a Yukon-born citizen whose ancestors had lived there "for 11,000 years." He sang "Oh Canada," not in English or French, but rather in his native tribal tongue.

I have never heard "The Star Spangled Banner" sung in Cherokee, Navajo or Sioux. I guess Americans, who have lived here since 10,000 B.C., may not be too interested in the outcome of the war of 1812.

Like many Americans, I proudly struggle through our national anthem in English. Could we just occasionally sing it in Spanish?

JOHN E. LAWRENCE

Culver City

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