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Take a Knee?

American flag kneeTake a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. 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, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces … the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe San to Saigon … anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well … and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress … your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

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 displeasure, 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 a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken … 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 … delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us … blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”

You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are … but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

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 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 there will be no protest. 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. It goes like this…

“GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

Stanislaus “Stan” Drew originally wrote this post last year – when he was a member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, FL – after San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick first began his protests during the National Anthem. Stan currently lives in Crescent City, FL. 

By - Stanislaus “Stan” Drew

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Larry
3 years ago

I’ve not watched an NFL game, nor paid any attention to their scores or standings, since this insanity started, early this season.
Frankly, I can not say what they could do to get this Veteran, and former fan, back.
Anything they do now tends to seem insincere, and self-serving.

Karen Ogden
3 years ago

I understand that they were protesting the way police treat the blacks. I feel that social problems, politics or any controversy does not belong at football games or any sporting event. I think they all should be fired. I know there is some real Americans that would love to play and get the money these players are paid. Unfortunately, it is all about money and so they did not broadcast the national anthem but went to a commercial because they wanted the people to start watching . I do not watch and I will not buy products from those who sponsor these teams. I am proud of those teams that did not participate in this kneeling. The schools do not teach American history because someone in the Federal level control what is being taught. God Bless America. You do not ear anyone trying to get into North Korea or Russia We are not perfect but we are still the best place to be

robert collins
3 years ago

my oldest brother had just turned 17 when he died on the beach of Tarawa. I’m positive he’s looking down on these mistreated millionaires with utter contempt!! I served a tour in Viet Nam and in two different branches of service not for you to be disrespectful to our nation,our president or any ones religious beliefs.. Draft everyone of them and send them to any field of battle for one year.. Let me know if you get on your knee for a whole different reason. GOD,country and the Constitution of the USA!! Love it or leave it!!!

Anthony Donadio
3 years ago

Why can I only print the last 6 pages of this article?

Lorraine
3 years ago

This is an excellent article. It is so sad that the athletes of today do not realize the importance of true freedom and of all the lives given for Freedom (so they can protest). They need a true History lesson and be Grateful for all the liberties we all share in these great United States of America.

Robert Campos
3 years ago

I served in the military, I lost a relative in Pearl Harbor. Several uncles served in WWII and Korea and were fortunate to return! One was left behind in the Philippines and wasn’t captured. If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for anyone other than ourselves, then we don’t believe in it at all.
It’s obvious the folks that posted here haven’t a clue why the players are taking a knee, some even claim christianity. The MESSIAH didn’t judge, tax collectors, whores or
anyone else for that matter. So really, should we? I’m sure that once cops stop kill people of color it will all die down.

Cheryl
3 years ago

IDK, has the protesting, violence, kneeling, blocking traffic, constant resistance changed anything for the better?? Do they really want positive change, or do they just want to resist, resist, resist, no matter what. Continuing down this path isn’t going to stop the alleged police brutality and alleged black suspect profiling. It’s just going to continue to create more division and will only get worse. Yea, it’s a right to protest, but at some point, one has got to stop protesting and get down to fixing the issues that are being protested about. When is THAT going to happen? NFL, owners, and players are learning the hard way what happens when you botch a protest. until someone gets a clue, this crap-o-la isn’t going to stop and we are going to have to find another way to get around the BS. Higher boots I guess.

Ellen
3 years ago

When white Racists held the power, people of color were persecuted. Now that people of color have power (especially in football,)
they’re giving a knee (finger) and power salute back at us. Doesn’t this prove just how equal we are; it all depends on who has the power. Just as the idea of “the noble savage” is propaganda, so is “white supremacy.” Maybe this is where we all realize how similar the human race is.

Manfred Bradley
3 years ago

Some players say they do not disrespect the flag or military when they kneel during the anthem. There are no asterisks for them to choose from standing or kneeling during the anthem. You stand not kneel. If they choose to kneel, then accept the consequences. Period.

Kathy Kivlin
3 years ago

My heartfelt thanks to Stan Drew for writing the article and shame on the football players and more importantly on the NFL for allowing it to happen. KK

Beverly Eads
3 years ago

I will get permission to read this before my church congregation on Veterans Day in November. My late husband spent 4 years on Guadacanal in the Navy! Has this been posted on Facebook. It should be…..

tish
3 years ago

when they take a knee, pass the collection plate then tell them to tithe on just one months salary burn their bras, put on their big girl panties and go do what they get paid to do and if you lose the game we’ll ship you to the front and give your exorbatant salary to someone who respects our flag ! And thank all who have served our country in any copacety! Every one of my Uncles served in WWII,my friends and my brother in Nam, and my grandson in the United States Marine Corps. God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael J. Duggar
3 years ago

While I thoroughly respect and comprehend the respect the flag engenders regarding our military, if Colin Kaepernick had said I kneel for the disproportionate number of African-American babies aborted every year and for the 50 million babies aborted under the “Law of the Land” the American flag represents, would your opinion be different?

John Books
3 years ago

If everyone would do just one thing and stick to it…quit supporting the NFL for one season. Turn the channel to something else to watch. Professional sports, without the support of the fans and sponsors, it’s dead. The love of money is the sin and it’s a leveling field for the owners who have everything to lose. Apparently, it’s all about the plight of the black man in this nation. They are using this type of media to complain about the mistreatment of their people and the POLICE, blue lives matter!

Since they can’t get the attention of the American public in other venues, they can do it on the NFL stage. I gave up watching football during the Obama years…and still not watching. There are other things more important in life to do, then watching these games. I haven’t missed it at all! Life is too short folks to spend it in front of the tube.

Paul Graziano
3 years ago

Taking a knee during our National Anthem, is just plain wrong.

The NFL players who perpetrated this political stunt, should be immediately fired.

Regardless of alleged racism, their open defiance, is a vile insult to our flag and to the military personnel who defend it.

I chose to take a STAND for the United States of America.

Lee Glidewell
3 years ago

This should be emblazoned on every social media platform & ‘shared’ as well. Maybe a military flyover towing a banner with this message & simultaneously broadcasting it on the ‘jumbo-tron’ for all Americans to see, including the disrespectful bums & cowards in jerseys & tight pants as well as the drive-by news media that promotes these bums (this also includes the communist democrats)! Can I get an AMEN!?

Dayna
3 years ago

Never take a knee!

Dayna
3 years ago

Never take a knee

Archie Wallace
3 years ago

We can also add the Phillipines,corregidor,etc. while we try to remember the slave who spied on the British for General Washington at valley forge or how about William Harvey Carney who grabbed the flag from the fallen flag bearer and carried it into battle against the rebels in1863. Although shot several times, and his 54th Mass. reg. was defeated he handed the flag on saying “It never touched the ground Sir!” He received the MEDAL OF HONOR. I guess these “Black Americans ” as well as those who fought for the south are all part of the wealthy blacks unjust america

R Adams
3 years ago

When a company allows its employees to support a cause or Protest an action in uniform and/or on Company time it is de facto giving their support. I’m not in favor of supporting any organization that demeans the service and sacrifice of service members or veterans and first responders. Goodbye NFL. I have a lot of other things to do on Sunday. I will pray for the thousands who will feel a negative economic impact as there are many like me who will turn off, away and close their wallets

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