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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 3:43 pm

LCDR Stolte said the decision to play one of Jimi Hendrix’s versions of the Star Spangled Banner at the Coronado Bridge celebration “marred”the event.

I’d like to set the record straight. First, Jimi Hendrix recorded close to 50 versions of the Star Spangled Banner and 28 of those were recorded prior to his appearance at Woodstock in 1969.

1969 (when the bridge opened) was a tumultuous time in the U.S. due to the Vietnam War and it is not surprising Hendrix elected to play this song at Woodstock.Moreover, since he played this tune in 1969 it would be a little difficult for Hendrix to insult anyone who served in the US military in the 70’s and 80’s.

Finally, the writer must not be aware (as many are not) that Jimi Hendrix was in the 101st Airborne having enlisted in 1961. Admittedly his service was at the urging of the legal system, that is no different from many young men who were given the option of joining the service to avoid jail.

I’ll leave the trashed up drug-induced comments and the comparison to Roseanne Barr for another day, but I would suggest LCDR Stolte get all of his facts straight before dumping on an American music legend and a fellow veteran.

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