Yesterday, many Americans took time out of their day to honor the brave men and women of our armed services, particularly those who sacrificed and served at Pearl Harbor.
The 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was a solemn event. Brave men and women were honored for their heroics and determination.
Political and military leaders spoke about the events of that day that forever changed the world. However, one person who was not in attendance garnered some unexpected attention.
US Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr. called out San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem. His refusal is in protest to the oppression that he says exists in America today. Many other professional athletes, including many others in the NFL, have copied Kaepernick since he began his anthem protests.
“You can bet that the men and women that we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played,” said Harris. The audience immediately gave Harris a standing ovation for his statement.
“Hearing the words, ‘the land of the free and home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day. But today, on Dec. 7, it takes on extraordinary significance,” he added.
According to the New York Post, Harris is not the only member of his family to serve noting that his father and four uncles also served during World War II.
CNN reported that the Department of Defense initially tweeted Harris’s comments but has since deleted the tweet.
h/t: Fox News