On this Memorial Day, of the many Facebook memes that have circulated, one of my favorites is a young boy standing with his father in a graveyard on Memorial Day asking his father why he comes here every year to stand alone. The father replies “We’re not alone.”
I invite the Kapernicks and all of their erstwhile followers on this Memorial day to visit a graveyard of our war dead. Read the names of those who gave everything they had, and everything they didn’t know they were going to have, so that you can enjoy a very wealthy life playing football while millions cheer you on. So that you young students could go to expensive colleges and gain one of the most valued educations in the world. So that you could have the political freedom to march in the streets and complain about the travesties that your country has visited on its people and other peoples while others in foreign lands are massacred for their religious beliefs, treated as chattel for their gender, or executed for their sexual preferences.
If you want to take a knee, instead of during the national anthem, take a knee in one of these many graveyards and offer respect to those who have nothing left to offer; they gave it already so that you can be here today.