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National Anthem not getting respect



Sparta Legion out to change that

Too many people are disrespectful during the National Anthem, according to the Sparta American Legion.

It is starting a public awareness campaign on how to conduct yourself during the song. 

“There’s not a lot of patriotism when the national anthem is played,” Commander Tim Hyma said. “Hopefully we can teach those that are less knowledgeable.”

Hyma believes too many people talk, smoke, drink and joke around during the song. 

He hopes veterans will set an example, standing and saluting the flag, as is a uniformed solider’s right since the passing of the 2009 Defense Authorization Act.

Hyma said he is in contact with the Sparta school district and other organizations to get the word out.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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