Should I Stand or Kneel?
Do you know why we stand during the National Anthem? We stand to show respect to those who fought for this country, and are no longer able to stand. That is the core reason. If in uniform, the military salutes. Civilians should put their hand over their heart. Unfortunately, it has become a political issue. It certainly is currently the hot topic of the NFL. For the curious, here is what the official NFL rule book says:
“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.”
So why are some players kneeling? Do you think it is because they hate this country? Disrespect the flag? Have contempt for our veterans? Or is it because they want to shine a light on the abundance of injustices, prejudices, erratic punishments, legal instances, and bad behavior that has plagued our society for too long. Change is difficult. Freedom is even more difficult. It is time to take this situation to the next step and not just talk about needing a plan, but implement one that inspires us to believe that being American means we choose to stand for the National Anthem because freedom does reign.