It’s Red Friday, as KC Chiefs fans get ready for Sunday’s home opener against the Buffalo Bills. And what’s one of the main topics of conversation on blogs and Twitter today?
Should the Arrowhead faithful end the National Anthem as they usually do on Sunday: “and the home of the Chiefs”?
No, they shouldn’t.
It should be sung as written: “the home of the brave.”
It’s always disrespectful to end with “Chiefs” in place of “brave,” which is one reason I have always refused to do it at any event in Kansas City, where Chiefs fans often like to insert the team’s name at the end of the anthem, even if it’s not a football game.
But it would be doubly disrespectful to do it on Sunday, 9/11.
This is supposed to be a day set aside to honor, in part, the men and women who have protected our country against the terrorists.
Indeed, there will be plenty of military people in attendance on Sunday at Arrowhead.
It would be insulting to them and the branches of the military they serve in to change the final words of the National Anthem from how they have been sung for years: “and the home of the brave.”