For many veterans, patriotism is a force that gives their service its meaning. Most of us hold that love of country deep in our hearts. And some of us like to pull it out and put it on full display like a regiment of red, white, and blue peacocks.
We don’t get much Mail up here at COP Freedom, which is what I call my CHU here at Bagram, because we don’t get much Islamofascism here, either. So it wasn’t till after the DFAC ceremony for my meritorious promotion to 2cond Lieutenant, The Seal Team’s (honorary), that I was shocked to learn from the TV that football players are refusing to stand for the National Anthem on Sunday, GOD’S day, before they do their jobs for this country. (The promotion had to be Honorary, because I am MARSOC all the way through, and also because The Seal Team’s don’t need me making them look bad any more.)
On Sunday, the internet lost its mind after entire teams kneeled or locked arms in solidarity during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and white supremacy. Even Rico Lavell who sang the National Anthem during the Falcons vs. Lions closed out his performance by taking a knee. The act has created two camps of Americans: those who support the players, and those who see their actions as unforgivable, presumably because respecting the U.S. flag is the most important thing a tight end can do on the field.