During this year’s Pearl Harbor ceremony, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris told the crowd that those who gave their lives for their country 75 years ago never failed to stand for the National Anthem.
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” he said as the audience began to cheer.
The topic of honoring the flag, and our nation as a whole has been a hot-button issue as of late, and the Commander decided to address it, while honoring those who had given so much for this country.
“Hearing the words ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day. But today — on December 7th — it takes on extraordinary significance, as we’re joined here in this hallowed place by World War II veterans and survivors of the attacks on military bases all across Oahu, including right here at Pearl Harbor.”
With many professional athletes, and other public figures in choosing to ‘sit out’ the National Anthem, there is a concern among many Americans about the message it sends. While many insist that those individuals are simply trying to send a message, there are those who see it as a sign of blatant disrespect not only to the country, but to those who have served as well.
Hopefully this message gets out there, and people are reminded about what the United States of America represents. This is the land of the free. We may have our problems, but at the end of the day we must do our part to be the best representation of what our country stands for. If we want a united, prosperous nation, we must first look to ourselves, and not take our grievances out on the one thing that brings us together. God bless America!