The National Anthem is a battle song. It is no surprise with such strong sentiment that the Anthem has been synonymous with sports since forever in this Nation. Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light is the beginning of a taunt to the British exclaiming Americans unbelievable victory over the British at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key had rowed out to the British to discuss a truce that the British declined. He was forced to stay on the English ship until the next morning after listening all night to fierce battling and bombardment of Fort McHenry from the Royal Navy.
Former NFL player: Why I stand at attention for the flag
The next morning he was inspired to write the anthem as he witnessed the sun rise to display American flag flying triumphantly above the fort. The memorable lines say that despite bombs bursting in air that the flag is still there. Americans honor war and those who serve, Americans glorify winning and this song has become so entrenched in our sports identity because of it’s spectacular meaning of overcoming hardships and achieving freedom and greatness. The National Anthem represents what is best about America and lights a fighting spirit within.
There has been a lot of talk about that quarterback, what’s his name, who could care less about America and the anthem written to glorify the many achievements of individual Americans over a couple hundred years. The thing is in a couple years most everyone in the world will continue to hum the tune to the Star Spangles Banner and the United States will struggle to remember that one guy who played football once, who never achieved greatness because he was small-minded.
So many have taken issue with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing to honor the National Anthem by standing during its performance because he believes the country to be “racist.” But a more common sentiment was expressed by former NFL player Randal “The Thrill” Hill on FNC’s FOX & Friends, who said, unabashedly, that he would always honor the flag. “I show respect because there are a lot of people – Black, White, Hispanic – who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and the freedoms that we do have.”
Hill ,”He does have the freedom of speech and freedom of expression not to stand up. But me personally I show respect… So I will stand tall, I will salute the flag and hold my hand over my heart.” He also pointed out that his coach,”Buddy Ryann would always have us stand on the sideline at attention and he would film the playing of the National Anthem and if you moved at all that was a $1,500 find”
The irony in all of this is that Kaepernick isn’t protesting where his paycheck is coming from… from American companies. And the appropriate NFL’s response is: ‘Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem’. I do not think that anyone should be forced to Pledge Allegiance of stand for the National Anthem. They should be encouraged and rewarded to honor those who have gone before us. A person like that already dishonors themselves and shows their ingratitude for the many freedoms paid for in blood and opportunities offered in America that couldn’t be obtained anywhere else in the world.