Flyers remove Kate Smith statue because of racially insensitive songs

The Flyers started playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” instead of the national anthem in 1969, and she performed the song before several games during the next two decades, including the team’s Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Boston Bruins in 1974. She died in 1986, and the Flyers erected a statue in her honor the following year.


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