I Proudly…….STAND

I really want to keep my blog mostly politically free.  However, this is an issue I must speak about.  If you have been reading any of my blog, you probably know by now that my husband is military.  I am so very proud of him.  I completely support our military, veterans, and all those who died to give us the freedoms our country takes for granted.  I STAND for our National Anthem.

This old song says it beautifully.  I understand that some are saying its a way to show peaceful protest.  However, there are so many young people who look up to these players.  Worship them, everything they do, say, and speak about.  This “peaceful protest” is actually teaching these kids that our National Anthem means nothing. 

The whole thing started in protest for police shooting and injustice to black americans.  However, what about all the black americans who have served their country proudly.  All the ones I know, are enraged at the dis-respect being shown. 

I think about what our kids are being taught these days, and when it doesn’t make me mad, it makes me incredibly sad. 
  • I remember….. going to my first Durham Bulls Game as a kid, everyone standing, and singing in unison together with pride and dignity about this great land we live in.
  • I remember……. being taught by my parents to stand up, be still, and show respect while the National Anthem played.  Pretty sure i was popped upside the back of the head for not paying attention a time or two, and given the “look.”
  • I remember….. hating watching sports growing up, but I always wanted to listen to and hear the singers singing the National Anthem and being filled with pride.
  • I remember…. when the terrorist attack happened on 911.  Our whole country came together, songs came out saluting our troops, firefighters, paramedics, and all those who put their own lives at risk to try to save others.
  • I remember….. right after I got married my husband deployed to Iraq for a year.  When I went to the going away ceremony and they had the National Anthem played beautifully, not a dry eye in the crowd.  It meant something all new at that point.
  • I remember… my husband coming home from Iraq, watching the plane land with all the troops returning. 
  • I remember…. all the hundreds of men, women, and children holding flags, gathered in celebration of FINALLY being re-united with our families. 
  • I remember…. taking our daughter to her first Durham Bulls Game where my husband was the military soldier honored at the game.  They had us come down and take our picture on the field and then showed it on the big screen during the 1st inning to honor our military.  It was an incredible moment I will never forget.

So, I am NOT sympathetic with those who are being so incredibly stupid and dis-respectful for something that should have an incredible meaning to ALL Americans.  If you think you are being oppressed how about taking a few minutes to search the internet about ALL other countries and the horrible things that happen day in and out.  You live in an incredible country.  We are not perfect, there are many things that need to be worked on, improved, and equality for all.  However, you need to understand who REAL heroes do day and night for this country.

USA National Anthem:

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Read it, re-read it, study it, and understand that this isn’t about you trying to get attention.  You should be ashamed of yourself!  I know I am ashamed of you and those that feel it is okay.  I can’t stop anyone from watching the non sense but I most certainly will not.  I will continue to teach my kids that we live in a great country and thousands of men and women of different nationalities died to give us the freedoms we have.
2013 Christmas Celebration at the National Guard Headquarters

Update:  It has now come out…yet another reason for these players and owners to be held accountable.

The specific rule pertaining to the National Anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL 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…