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On Sunday, hundreds of NFL players were protesting the anthem as a result of President Trump’s speech Friday in Alabama.

During a campaign rally Trump said:

“We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of our NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a b***h off the field right now … he’s fired!’

When you see it, leave the stadium. I guarantee you it will end.”

So, many players one entire team protested the anthem, Seattle Seahawks even issued a statement saying:

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in the locker room during the anthem, except for lineman Alejandro Villanueva, he is a veteran and West Point graduate. He respects the flag and stood with his hand on the heart.

Here’s why:

“I agree that America is not perfect, I agree there are a lot of issues with minorities in this country, I agree we should do something about it.

But I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down when the national anthem of the country that is providing you freedom and providing you $60 million a year is the best way to do it when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and protecting our freedom for less than $20,000 a year.

I just know I’m very thankful to be an American. I will stand very proudly and sing every single line of the national anthem every single time I hear it. I will stop whatever I’m doing because I recognize I have to be very thankful to be in this country.”

President Trump criticized the players again by writing on Twitter that NFL players deserve a boycott:

Anyhow, while Trump was expressing his standing point about the national anthem protest, Melania honored America in one different way. The First Lady stood for our service members in Canada for the Invictus Games.

The Invictus Games is an annual event where injured service members have a friendly country-to-country competition. According to their website:

“The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women, both currently serving and veterans. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.

The word Invictus is Latin for unconquered. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and ill service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post-injury.”

Prince Harry, a veteran as well, started this event, which is an opportunity for the wounded service members to meet and compete with another wounded people from around the world. Melania Trump led this year’s delegation.

So, while many NFL players are protesting the anthem, Melania Trump stood with the injured service members, many of who are not able to stand for themselves.

Despite your opinion about the national anthem debate, we can all agree this is the way service members deserve to be treated.

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  • Janet says:


  • Mike Loyd says:

    Dont try and claim black vets now. Were not a part of your team.

    Capt Mike Loyd, USMC

  • Laura Lakatos says:

    Taken from my friend/soldier Murphy Anderson , share the hell out of this!
    To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.
    So, you want to take a knee?
    Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle. Wait your turn while listening to the screams of pain from the wounded.
    Then take a knee.
    Go to Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, dodging dead bodies and withering machine gun fire,…the very sea stained with American blood. Imagine that your fellow players are your dead brothers in arms.
    Then take a knee.
    Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. Over 60,000 Americans died in those jungles.There was no playbook or million dollar contracts for doing your job, but they understood what our flag represented. When they came home, they were protested by their fellow Americans.
    Then take a knee while they spit on you.
    Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Trade in your pads for a Kevlar helmet and battle dress…You’ll have to stay hydrated, but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. And watch out for those IEDs when you take a knee.
    There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your protest, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled it defending your liberty.
    So while you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on manicured fields striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of game yardage…but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
    No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women on the land, air, and sea, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm you would have the opportunity to dishonor their service by “taking a knee.”
    You have no clue what it took to get you where you are…but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation, it points to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your stats and game jersey are forgotten…
    If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for both of our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things.
    But no protesting allowed. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    May He continue to bless America, the ignorant and selfish sinners we all are. What an incredible gift He has given us!

  • Ken P says:

    Melania Trump is such an inspiration to everyone in the world, especially females. She embodies all that is good in the world.

  • Janice says:

    Hey coach! Follow these rules.
    The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states:

    “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. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

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