To the Editor:

I am really going to miss it. It happened when my wife and I saw the Dallas Cowboys, led by Troy Aikman, beat the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993, I'm going to miss it. It happened when my son and I saw Russell Wilson and the Seahawks take on the St. Louis Rams, I'm going to miss it. It happened way back when I saw the St. Louis Cardinals play. They were led by the all-time passing and touchdown leader in Cardinals history, Jim Hart (SIUC graduate), I am going to miss it.

It happened in the most powerful display I have personally ever witnessed in Tennessee a year ago. I saw Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Titans. It happened to be military day and that held special meaning for my son and I since he was on leave from the Air Force. When they flew five Apache and Chinook helicopters over the stadium at the end of it, both of us felt the pride of the American spirit rise up throughout the stadium. I got a lump in my throat. I'm really going to miss it.

One of the most impressive displays I've witnessed was when we went to Alabama to watch the Iron Bowl. Have you ever been surrounded by 101,821 people in a stadium and all you hear is silence before the national anthem is played? I have. That is what I'm going to miss. The quiet, the reverence, the respect. I'll miss the honor that has always surrounded the playing of the national anthem and the display of the United States flag before the competition begins.

Many times I would glance around in awe and see the solidarity on the faces of my fellow Americans, proud citizens. Up until now in my life, of the hundreds of games I have watched, this solitude has always captured my amazement. The stillness, the purity. This is the only few minutes of the entire event when time stands still. I am going to miss that. No one is eating, drinking, shouting or moving. It is tranquility, even in the midst of 100,000 people.

There was no one sitting or kneeling, or staying in the locker room until the song was over. No one was giving an opinion or making a statement, because it wasn't about any individual or any issue. It was about the quiet respect for the citizens of this country, past and present, who make up this nation as a whole. It was about honoring those who have brought us through the struggles and conflicts of a growing nation. It was not a time for personal opinion to be displayed, it was a time for solidarity and unity as a nation, one nation under God. I am going to miss it. I am going to miss it because I fear it will never be the same again.

Pastor Kent Eaton

Du Quoin Second Baptist Church

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