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Where was ‘America the Beautiful’?

| Tuesday, September 8, 2015

My research shows that the Texas game this past weekend was the first time since the Kennedy assassination that “America the Beautiful” has not been played prior to a home football game.

In the 35 privileged years I have been fortunate enough to have attended Notre Dame football games, this long-standing tradition has inspired me, my family and friends to join hands and sing “America the Beautiful” prior to reunions, tailgates, parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners and funerals.

Omitting “America the Beautiful” from the pre-game ceremonies will sadden my Notre Dame football experience in the future.

Thomas E. Clay
Des Moines, Iowa

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