The issue of kneeling when the national anthem is played has again come to the attention of the American public.
The protocol for addressing the anthem must be made clear. That protocol, since we have had an anthem (1831), and supported by federal law, requires that when the national anthem is played in public the procedure, unless physically handicapped, is that you stand with your heels together, your hand over your heart and face the flag of our country. Anything less than that shows lack of pride and is disrespectful of the national anthem and our nation, which the anthem represents.
It is that simple.
Those who make excuses for this disrespect are hypocrites. Those who kneel show that they have a superficial understanding of our national history at best, are playing to the crowd and ought to put their energy into positive, respectable action.
Karl Killingstad, Southern Pines
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