During a soccer game between Great Falls High and CM Russell, at Siebel Soccer Park in Great Falls, Montana, something happened during the game that had everyone standing, silent and somber. The event quickly got a lot of attention on social media.
In almost every sports venue and arena in the U.S., there are some traditions that are universal. But a special tradition kept on the Siebel Soccer park makes this sports arena very peculiar.
One of the spectators recorded a video of the unique practice that’s now become common at the park and uploaded on the Internet.
The Bison girls were playing against Brute in a Class AA playoff game on a Tuesday afternoon. However, in the middle of the game, the players suddenly froze and the head referee stopped the clock for a minute upon hearing a very familiar sound in the distance.
It was so simple yet so powerful a gesture. These girls knew what they were doing and they really amazed us.
The sound that made the girls stop playing was actually the national anthem. They froze in place and paid respect to the national anthem.
The anthem played over the speakers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, directly across the street from the Siebel Soccer Park. It could be heard very clearly.
As usual, at 4:30 p.m., the anthem is played in the background as the United States flag is lowered. This is a common daily occurrence for the military base.
Everyone knew what to do. They stopped running, placed their hands over their hearts and paid their respect to the flag. The audience then followed suit.
This tradition was very interesting for the spectators, but it has not always been that way.
This tradition started with CMR girls coach Willie Pyette when he took over the Rustler program and decided to move practice in the Siebel Soccer Park.
After becoming a coach and moving the team’s activities to the park, something interesting has been immediately noticed by Willie Pyette. The daily tradition of playing the anthem in the military base could be heard in the park as well. Therefore, he decided to make it part of his team’s practice.
Now the Bison and Rustlers always stop whenever they hear the anthem. They just practice and face east with their hands over their heart, pay their respect to the flag.
They only continue playing after the anthem is finished.
Pyette doesn’t see this as a political statement but rather a sign of respect to the service members at Malmstrom and beyond.
Pyette says: ”I have our team stop, stand at attention and honor the anthem. Then we go back to practice. We all stand and show respect.”
He added that this unique tradition will be kept as long as soccer games are played at Siebel Soccer Park in the afternoon.
These girls show some real love and respect for our anthem and our flag honors the people who fought for our freedom. Their respect is proof that some traditions have value in our lives, like the national symbols for example.
Neglecting, offending or even protesting against the anthem is not just a protest or offending act towards the country, but towards its people as well.
These girls taught us a valuable lesson. Well done girls!