This Veteran Is An Inspiration To All
Two men at the Green Bay Packers game on Friday have been getting much attention for standing, and not standing up for the National Anthem.
San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem Protests National Anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday because, he said, “There are bodies in the street.”
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick told NFL Media
Meanwhile, Sgt. Zachary Stinson of Pennsylvania who had lost both legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010, used his arms in order to stand for the anthem. His impairment didn’t stop him from showing his utmost respect for our nation.
We applaud this veteran’s courage to stand up while others refuse to. The 49ers team released a statement that neither celebrated nor condemned Kaepernick’s actions:
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens,” the statement (via NFL.com) reads. “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
The picture of the veteran was truly inspiring to some on social media.