- - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

With all the self-inflicted economic malaise at home and the buffoonery of our government in overseas matters, one couldn’t be blamed for thinking we Americans are no longer a proud people. However, while we have reason to be ashamed of our current government, one has to look no further than the start of the World Cup soccer game between the United States and Germany to be heartened at the spirit and patriotism shown by our citizens.

Their rousing, full-throated performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game was inspiring. Judging from their expressions, even some of the players were startled at the sheer volume and cohesion of the singing. There we were, with heads and voices raised together in pride, with good will toward all and a proper sense of humor as well. It was a touching moment and a poignant reminder that America is a special place — for all the right reasons.

STEPHEN J. HATCH

Centreville