I had the pleasure of attending the Northwest Florida Symphony at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 16, which by the way was nothing short of magnificent! Also, kudos for performing the national anthem at the beginning of the performance.

This letter is about two young women who were seated next to me, both approximately 20 years of age.

During the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” it became obvious that neither of these girls knew the lyrics. The words they occasionally tried to mouth bore no resemblance to the anthem lyrics.

I am embarrassed that these girls have been raised in an environment (including school, city, county and state) where apparently not only the lyrics are not taught, but the history and the meaning of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the American flag are not known!

I am embarrassed that the parents of these young women have allowed their children to reach their age so uneducated and uninformed about our country’s history.

Perhaps in this day and age I should be thankful these young ladies at least stood up for the anthem. However, this lack of knowledge or ignorance is just one of a myriad of reasons why our young people are not patriotic any more.

Parents, ask your children (of all ages) if they are taught the national anthem lyrics and if they know the history and story behind them. If they don’t, maybe you have some further parenting to do!

Darlene Winbauer, Crestview