Kansas City Symphony’s national anthem at NFL game becomes tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

Posted on: October 3, 2017

“The Redskins and Chiefs stood for a moment of silence before the national anthem, and flags flew at half-staff over Arrowhead Stadium, to honor victims of the Las Vegas shooting before Monday night’s game between Washington and Kansas City,” writes Dave Skretta on the Associated Press. “Members of the Redskins remained standing on their sideline, arms locked in unity, as the Kansas City Symphony performed the anthem. Everybody on the Chiefs sideline also remained standing except for cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe, who sat stoically on the bench. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston knelt in prayer before standing for the rest of the rendition. ‘Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Las Vegas,’ Chiefs coach Andy Reid said…. The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history Sunday night left at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured. It also caused ESPN, which broadcasts Monday night games, to reverse its plans and show the national anthem on television before the game.” The Kansas City Symphony’s performance last night had been previously planned. The full orchestra also performed the anthem for a Chiefs game in 2015.

In photo: Led by Music Director Michael Stern, the Kansas City Symphony performs the national anthem before a Chiefs-Redskins game on October 2, 2017. Photo: Eric Williams.

Posted October 3, 2017