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July 10, 2014

National Anthem play was insult to listener

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

We had a wonderful time at Pearson Park listening to a DJ play patriotic music through the evening on July 4.

However, just prior to the start of the fireworks, the DJ announced that he was about to play the national anthem. This is where things got, in my humble opinion, unpatriotic, unrecognizable and totally disrespectful.

The song that he played and referred to as our national anthem was so unrecognizable and grotesque that my grandchildren asked me what nation the song came from.

As a veteran, I was highly insulted. In my opinion, he not only insulted me, but everything that my flag, my country and my service stands for.

Coming from small-town America (New Castle), I would expect more respect and reverence to what the Fourth of July and the national anthem symbolize. I personally know people who have lost their lives in the line of duty for this great nation and I believe that this rendition of the national anthem was a total slap in the face to every service person past, present and future of this great nation.

I would sincerely hope that the DJ, who is unknown to me, reads this letter and will take it upon himself to use better judgment in the future or not show up at an event like this if that was his idea of our national anthem.

Richard J. Bistyga

Knox Avenue

New Castle

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