Recently a very interesting thing occurred during the Bison girls game on the Siebel Soccer Park in Great Falls, Montana. Due to its rather unusual nature this particular event gained attention from Internet users. The team usually play the majority of their home games on the Siebel Soccer Park in Great Falls, Montana.
Siebel Soccer park it like any other sports field but it has inspired a unique tradition, which makes the location rather peculiar. This unique practice was recorded by one of the spectators.
After a video emerged on social media it quickly gather a lot of attention. The Bison girls were hosting Butte in a Class AA playoff game when all of a sudden, a familiar sound was heard in the distance.
Immediately, in the middle of the 1-0 game, both teams froze and the head referee stopped the clock for a minute. Thankfully, one spectator recorded the incident, which was so simple yet so powerful a gesture.
The familiar sound that brought the game to a pause was actually the national anthem, which plays over the speakers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, directly across the street from the Siebel Soccer Park.
Each day at 4:30 p.m., the anthem plays as the United States flag is lowered from its perch overlooking the base and the city, Montana Sports reports.
As the girls knew what to do the head referee decided to stop the play clock as teams paid their respect to the flag. Some players also placed their hands over their hearts. The audience also followed suit. Usually the soccer teams stop to honor the flag when the anthem plays at practice.
The tradition began when CMR girls coach Willie Pyette took over the Rustler program and moved practice to the Siebel Soccer Park.
After becoming coach and moving the team’s activities to the park, Willie Pyette could not help but notice the daily tradition at the military base. After witnessing he decided to make it part of his team’s practice.
These girls knew what they were doing and they really amazed us.
when they stop practice, and face east with their hands over their heart. They stand at attention as the national anthem plays, paying their respect to the flag.
Only after the anthem is finished do activities resume. Pyette wants the tradition to be seen as a sign of respect to the service members at Malmstrom and beyond.
”I have our team stop, stand at attention and honor the anthem. Then we go back to practice. We all stand and show respect”, ” Pyette said. He then added that this unique tradition will continue for as long as soccer games are played in the afternoon at Siebel Soccer Park.
Take a look at the video clip to see this peculiar tradition.
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