Perhaps it is because it is more meaningful and most representative of our national spirit. In choirs and choral representations, we may then hear the second verses with other songs that we may be familiar with. What is shameful about the anthem is the fact that so many really don't care about national spirit and honoring the flag, which represents us. Schools are now prevented from giving a pledge to the flag in most systems. Many soldiers have died in defending the flag and what it stands for in this country. I love baseball, yet when the anthem is sung, it seems to be more out of tradition and the usual program, rather than in truly honoring the flag and our country.