Regardless of your political affiliation and views on issues in our country, there are a few things that (although may be technically considered your right by the 1st amendment) will never be morally acceptable. Burning the American flag and sitting for the national anthem are a couple of those things.
Yesterday, millions of people had a choice to make: stand for the anthem or join the NFL football players kneeling in protest. While that was happening, there were also thousands of soldiers in foreign lands, fighting for our freedom to make that choice. Ironic, isn’t it?
Despite the disrespect, there are still real men out there setting an example for the sniveling children. Paralyzed and disabled veterans have been captured on camera standing for the flag, even though they cannot even stand or walk on their own.
So instead of giving any more attention to those who disrespect our flag, we would like to shift that focus to the real heroes.
“The message that we’re all hoping to send is that not standing for the national anthem does nothing but disrespect every service member and their family members who ever fought for this country.” – Iraq war veteran Matt Keil
Paralyzed Army Vet, Dan Rose, stands for National Anthem at Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles Game. SoldierStrong provided the suit that allowed him to stand. Dan is why you stand for the American flag.
Matt Keil stood for the anthem outside Bronco’s stadium:
The Iraq War veteran, paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper’s bullet, gathered with family and friends outside Mile High before Sunday’s Broncos-Chargers game.
“The message that we’re all hoping to send is that not standing for the national anthem does nothing but disrespect every service member and their family members who ever fought for this country,” Keil said.
Wow. And that, children, is what a real American hero looks like.
Thank you for your service.
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