Isles fans join in for moving rendition of national anthem
A view of fans singing the national anthem before the start of Game 3 of the 2021 Stanley Cup semifinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders on Thursday got a chance to host their first game in their semifinal playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, something cool happened.

Nicole Raviv got the assignment of singing the national anthem prior to the game. Early on, she stopped singing and let the fans take over. What resulted was a very moving scene where the fans at Nassau Coliseum sang the national anthem together.

That was beautiful.

For that minute, everyone joined in for a beautifully unifying event of singing the national anthem before a sports event.

The country has struggled to return to how life used to be before the pandemic. An event like this — with a packed coliseum and fans singing the national anthem — gives people the comforting feeling of life being back.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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