I, like many millions of Americans and a billion or so people around the world, watched the 2015 edition of the National Football League’s Championship game. I gathered with my family and neighbors to take in what has become an annual right of passage to celebrate the end of the professional American football season with good food and fun.
Now for the majority of us across the nation, we picked our favorite team of the day, since not everyone’s favorite team could be one of the final two. I have often said over the years, since my favorite team has not been to a Super Bowl since 1995, that I don’t care if both teams lose. I also usually mean it too.
Super Bowl XLIX was again a game that I could really not have cared less to watch, but would have not missed. Since the emergence of social media, it is almost as enjoyable to sit in the room where a television is playing the game and follow the social media feeds as it is to watch the game.
I cannot justify devoting a complete day to the pre-game festivities, especially when I don’t care who wins. I began watching the coverage when John Legend came out to sing America the Beautiful. Simply put, enjoyable.
I stood in front of the television as most everyone in my viewing party, when Idina Menzel sang the National Anthem. Ms. Menzel is a beautiful woman, and an even more beautiful singer. She sang a traditional rendition of our nation’s most beloved song. I was moved, not as moved as Whitney Houston’s version from the 1991 Super Bowl mind you, but I did have goose bumps.
As I watched, Ms. Menzel and the television production of her National Anthem performance were inspiring. The different camera angles and views from Boston to Seattle were very neat, dare I even say cool. As a family man, it is always heart-warming to see families together, especially in these patriotic moments.
However, a tear shone in my eye as I saw, looking back at me through the television, the men and women of our United States Armed Forces standing at attention for the National Anthem.
These brave, strong, and honorable young men and women were standing at attention in Afghanistan. Standing at attention in something that, ten years ago, was supposed to be a temporary structure, receiving the Super Bowl signal no doubt via the Armed Forces Network.
Young men and women standing at attention in their combat fatigues, some with their M4 rifles hanging around their necks, ready at a moments notice, resembling The Minutemen of the American Revolutionary War. Men and Women standing at attention, taking a moment of respite from their assignments, to enjoy a uniquely American tradition though far away from our shores.
These heroes, every one, standing at attention in some God-forsaken far away land so that we can freely sit at home and watch the Super Bowl. Humbling.
After the game began, I was occasionally checking the social media comments. I was moved again as I saw post after post of children standing at attention, hands across their hearts as they too watched and listened to the singing of our National Anthem.
Thank you parents for teaching a respect and tradition that I thought had almost faded away. America is the best nation on earth and will remain so, if we only keep teaching the children how and why we are who we are.
I pray for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces serving around the world. The men and women doing the job over there so we don’t have to fight it over here. Come back safe, comeback soon!
God Bless You and God Bless The United States of America!
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Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.