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By: Brian Evans

The American Flag has been a symbol of pride and American values since the dawn of our country. It symbolizes much more than a piece of cloth to our military, veterans, and citizens nationwide. It is a symbol of freedom, a symbol that should be respected and honored. Unfortunately, over the past year, America has become victim of a spreading and ever-growing cancer that took root in our Professional Sports, and is trying to spread and erode the very fabric of our nation. To understand the significance of the American Flag and our National Anthem, you have to know the history of both.

In the Smithsonian Magazine, it details the history of the Star Spangled Banner:

It was a rainy day on September 13, 1814 when British warships rained fire and fury onto American Patriots at Fort McHenry in Baltimore’s Harbor. A 35-year-old American lawyer named Francis Scott Key’s was aboard the flagship of the British fleet on the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of persuading the British to release a friend who was recently arrested. Keys and his friend were both held prisoner due to the fact that they knew of the impending attack that had already ensued. The Battle was known as the ‘Battle of Baltimore’, and followed the attack where the British burned the Capitol, the Treasury, and the President’s Home. It was another day in the ongoing War of 1812. Keys described the attack by saying that “It seemed as though mother earth had opened up and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone.” But when darkness arrived, Key saw only red erupting in the night sky. Due to the scale of the attack, Key was certain that the British won, but as the “dawns early light” peered through the fading smoke, he saw the American Flag, and not the British Union Jack flying over the fort. Francis Scott Key’s wrote his thoughts of the attack on paper while on board the ship to the tune of a popular English song. His brother-in-law, commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read and distributed it under the name “Defence of Fort McHenry.” Soon after that, the Baltimore Patriot newspaper printed it, and within weeks, Key’s poem spread across the country and became known as ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’

Over the years, the American Flag has endured wars, and been the target of enemies both foreign and domestic. The American Flag is a symbol that harbors vast meaning for our Country, and Military. For example, the flag’s stripes represent the 13 Colonies that fought what seemed to be an impossible war with the British. Those were the same Colonies that bled and died for the right’s and freedom’s that we have been fortunate enough to enjoy over the years. The stars represent the 50 States of the American Union. A symbol of the Unity of our Country from coast to coast that had over 620,000 souls perish fighting to preserve that Union during the Civil War. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: The red stripes symbolize hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and the blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. All of which, have significant meaning for our Military Forces, and Veterans. Million’s of American’s have given their lives carrying the American Flag as a symbol of our nation’s committment to not only protecting our nations rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but to fight for other’s rights to those sacred human desires.

Therefore, is it wrong for the NFL and Progressives to take a knee during the National Anthem? Is it disrespectful for them to be defiant to the Anthem and American Flag? To some, it may seem like a complicated question, but in reality, it is not. As American’s, we do have the right to take a knee during the National Anthem, but just because it is a right, it doesn’t mean that we should do it. Most days, American’s just don’t think about what the flag means or the sacrifices given by others to protect our God-Given rights. However, when you meet Veteran’s and Soldiers who have witnessed horrific and indescribable events to protect American’s rights and privileges, they see its colors so vibrant, the sound so sharp as the wind whips the flag to and fro. It’s symbolic meaning reminds them of all that has been given, and it stirs pride, respect, and awe in their heart. It is a feeling that we as American’s need to remember, as so many have died to protect the freedom’s that the flag symbolizes. Therefore, just because a bunch of over-privileged, over-paid millionaires who can throw a football around have the right to take a knee to protest. It doesn’t mean that they should. They need to remember that the flag  symbolizes the freedom that allows them to disrespect it, but it is a slap in the face to those who fought, died, and lost loved ones to allow such a disrespectful display of arrogance to take place.

The NFL, ESPN, Progressives and others have chosen to dishonor and show disrespect to our American Troops. They have chosen to disrespect all those who have fought for, bled, and died to protect our rights, freedom’s, and privileges. They disrespect the firemen who died and hoisted the flag at Ground Zero. A flag that instilled a sense of hope to our nation, when all hope seemed lost! They disrespect the Marines who placed the flag upon the mount so long ago! They disrespect the men and women who fought and died to give birth to our great nation. They disrespect the many American soldiers who come home in coffins. Coffins draped with the very American Flag that the NFL vehemently hate and disrespect.

Too many have fought and died for this country and for what the flag represents to have them dishonor it and disrespect it. It is not simply a piece of cloth. It is a symbol of what our nation is, and what our nation stands for. So why is there so many willing to show such disrespect? To start with, our nation has slowly moved away from educating our children about history. When we do that, history tends to repeat itself. This is why we have so many of our youth claiming to embrace communism, despite the fact that communist nations of the past snuffed out freedoms, forced their citizens into poverty, and exterminated millions of their people in the name of justice. American’s have also chosen to abandon God’s laws. They have minimized the family unit, glamorize sex, and promoted greed. Progressive’s have pitted men against women, black against white, legal citizen against illegal alien, and used greed to promote class warfare. We have abandoned God’s principles, but it is not too late. We need to defy those who fight to diminish our flag, our soldiers, our veteran’s, and our nation. We need to educate our children about the history of our great nation, and the history of the world. But most importantly, we need to educate our children about God and his teachings. It is then, and only then, that we will be able to protect and preserve our nation for ourselves and our posterity.

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