Resident: Where is the Patriotism at BRHS?

One resident noticed a lack of any American flag in the high school at a recent concert.

To the Editor:

When I attended the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band Concert at , "The Star Spangled Banner" was listed as the first selection on the program.  

They did not play it, and the conductor said he had omitted it. 

There was not a United States of America flag anywhere in our high school auditorium. There were no patriotic selections played. 

I am a 47-year resident and taxpayer of Bridgewater, and I am very disappointed and would like an answer for this lack of patriotism.


Jane Whalen


Gerianne April 30, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I have been a resident of Bridgewater for almost 30 years, and my 4 children attended the local schools. I volunteered at the schools as often as possible, and lead a cub scout group for a few years when there was no one else available. I find it outeageous that any function, of any sort, using facilities and grounds paid for on an ongoing basis by my taxes earned as an American Citizen should not display the American Flag, and celebrate the political freedoms given by this country, to all who live here(as documented or not) If the decision not to perform the Star Spangled Banner was purely a musical decision, then it is purely obvious that a new director is obviously needed. Gerianne Bruce Bridgewater, NJ 08807 The United States of America
Gerianne April 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Ken Weaver May 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
You should stop coming to free concerts that you are not able to enjoy and spend hundreds of dollars to attend other concerts.
Barry July 07, 2012 at 05:41 AM
No matter what, the National Anthem should be played before every and all events. Especially when it's being held in a public school or building. There is no excuse. Two years ago, the High School Band marched at the Basilone event and they did NOT have a flag in front of the Band. I'm sure they could have grabbed one from one of the local American Legion Posts if they simply forgot to bring one. But then again, how do you simply forget to bring the flag?
Gerianne July 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I attend all sorts of concerts, and, as a matter of fact, would not mind paying to attend the concerts held locally, perhaps that may be an impetus to have the playlist more appropriate! Enough already with the politically correct BS. This is the United States of America, and the last time I checked, most of us are damned lucky to be here. If not. I will be happy to hold open the door at the departure gate and I will be certain that the door does not hit you in the rear on your way out!


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