I woke up Thursday morning and noticed a video from the Boston Bruins hockey game the night before was being shared by a lot of people I follow on Twitter and are friends with on Facebook.
I finally decided to take a look at this emotional video that choked up a lot of people and drove others to tears. The link I clicked took me to Mashable.com, and you can check out the video here. On the site, Sam Laird wrote:
Before the game, noted belter Rene Rancourt took center ice to sing the national anthem. Then, a few seconds in, an amazing thing happened: the TD Garden crowd heartily took over, singing the lyrics as one and drowning Rancourt out completely.
After watching the video, I did not get the impression the crowd drowned out Rancourt. Rather, I walked away believing Rancourt recognized what was happening and quit singing through the microphone.
A little while later, I talked to my sister who lives in the Boston area. She told me her daughter (my niece, who plays hockey and can be seen in the foreground of the photo above) was at the Bruins game on Wednesday night. I had to talk to her.
I wanted to know if the crowd recognized something special was going on at the time, and my niece said that it was something special. I asked her if it was an emotional time, and she said it was. “I cried, and about half of the people at the game cried,” she told me. “People were screaming ‘Boston Strong’ and ‘We are Boston.’”
What amazed her mother and me was that she had no fear going into Boston a couple of days after the bombing. That tells you something about Bostonians and the resiliency of the American people.
As President George W. Bush said in a joint session of Congress following the 9/11 attacks, “My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of our Union — and it is strong.” Indeed it is.
Update: I checked out another version of the video from the Bruins game; this time from the Bruins’ website. In the video below, the public address announcer encourages the crowd to loud and sing along with Rene Rancourt. And, you can also see how Rancourt seizes the moment and goes from singing the National Anthem to leading the crowd in signing it.