Throughout the past couple of years, there has been an increasing number of people protesting the American flag and the national anthem. The trend exploded when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem last year.
While there are some things worth protesting, other things should be off limits — like the flag and national anthem. Keeping these icons sacred is a way to not only respect the country, but respect the military that stands between the people and the enemies who want nothing more than to end America.
One who supports these protests should look at these four images, and reconsider their position on whether or not anthem protests are appropriate. These images and symbols have more meaning to the people in this country than most can imagine.
The first image demonstrates that the flag should never, under any circumstances, be stepped on or disrespected in any way. When a soldier dies, their casket is often covered in an American flag.
That flag is not just there for a decoration. In fact, it is a declaration that the fallen person put it all on the line to ensure that the rest of Americans can live comfortable lives, enjoying the freedoms that we are so lucky to have today.
The second image shows a soldier in a wheelchair and is captioned, “This is why you stand for the national anthem.” It is hard to deny the message this image implies. They say a picture is worth a thousand words — this one is worth much more.
There are men and women out there who continue to risk their lives, and consider themselves fortunate to come back to America alive.
“This is why we don’t erase history,” the third image reads. It shows a military graveyard with an American flag in the ground next to the grave. If protesters are so willing to erase history, then those who gave their lives for this great country would be forgotten.
The last message may be the most powerful. It shows an American flag, and says, “You’re not a black, white, yellow, or brown, You’re an American. Start acting like it.” This message stands in the way of the racist narrative that the Democrats like to push.
Most of these NFL protesters have no idea what it means to go to battle for what you believe in. While it certainly takes bravery to go onto the field for four rough quarters of football, the physical, emotional, and mental toughness these athletes possess falls well short of what our brave servicemen and women show.
Did these images accurately depict the importance of patriotism?
Uniformed personnel lay it all on the line for our survival and freedom, not our entertainment.
We should all strive to be better Americans. Deep down, most believe that our military deserves better care and respect. As the last image implies, we are Americans first, and everything else comes second. Let’s start acting like it.