Thursday, February 22, 2001

George Washington would be proud
We rise as the announcer starts the event
to sing the national anthem, turning to face the flag,
men removing their constant companion caps.

The familiar song warbles feebly from the weak speakers in the gymnasium
which wasn't built for sound.

We are joined together-100 Americans in an Idaho gym-farmers, welders, teachers, athletes,
competitiors, business people, all proud for this moment to be Americans.

Your heart swells and your pulse quickens as your patriotism soars through your body.
You are proud of all the people just like you around the U.S.
There are alot of good people in America and here and now you are one of them.

Let the games begin!