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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Take a stand - not a knee in honor of our veterans

Take a stand - not a knee in honor of our veterans

We all have different opinions as to why the NFL kneelers are using the sidelines to protest against social injustice. Many of us view it as a disrespectful act against our flag, our National Anthem, the police force and especially our beloved veterans.

Veterans Day is commemorated every year on, November 11th since 1919, which marked the first anniversary of the end of World War 1. It was formerly known as Armistice Day. An Armistice is an agreement signed by opposing sides to call a truce.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 to have an annual observance day to pay tribute to those American veterans living or dead who honorably served to protect and defend during war or at peacetime.

It was originally signed on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m. in the year 1918.

During the four-year merciless battle, over 16 million people died with the number of civilian and military casualties estimated to be about 37 million. Many of them died from disease after the war and some of them were never found.

Consider all other wars that were fought in the name of protecting our freedoms and how many millions of people that gave their life for those rights we sometimes take for granted.

While I understand that our military fights for our right to express our viewpoint whether it is something positive or something negative, many people disagree with the location and the timing of the protests. The sideline is not the time or the place for making a political statement!

Prior to the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the National Anthem, the announcer comes on the public-address system and states to the fans, "Please stand, remove your hats and place your right hand over your heart in honor of our military and our law enforcement."

That is their recognition time and not a time for protesting social injustice, police brutality or what the president tweeted out that day. If they wanted to get people talking, that is what they did, only it isn't a good conversation. They could always take a knee at the end of the game if they really wanted. They choose the wrong time.

If you attend a game and you are talking, playing with your cell phone, walking to buy a cold drink or just finding your seat in the stadium and you hear the announcer, please stop what you are doing, face the flag at attention and think about how much you enjoy doing the little things in our great country that other countries do not allow their citizens to do, because they don't have a free society.

We can enjoy the simple things in life freely because of an American warrior who bolted into the path of enemy gunfire, stormed the beaches of Normandy, rode the mighty waves at sea, or flew directly into the skies of blinding explosions.

Many of these unsung heroes returned home inside a flag-draped casket. Some were prisoners of war and some never came home at all. Some that are returning do so without arms and legs.

Every warm bloodied American has a pride filled heart, especially when we see Old Glory whipping in the wind. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave for a million special reasons, our veterans.

We can say that we appreciate our veterans, but to show them respect and to honor them is far better. Thank a veteran when you see one, buy their lunch, extend a hand and thank them for their service.

They are the American heroes and we the American people salute them!

Several organizations and schools will be honoring local veterans throughout the week with special lunches and programs. Check the Calendar of Events on page 2-A for a list of some of the events planned.

And as always, God bless our veterans and God bless America!