Remember when standing for our national anthem wasn’t controversial? As a parent of three girls who’ve all played ice hockey for years, I’ve stood in freezing cold arenas across America at least a hundred times with my hand over my heart, as I proudly joined other parents, grandparents and young fans to honor the flag that represents our great nation. I never looked around to see if anyone was sitting or kneeling, I just assumed that anyone who was blessed to be living in the greatest nation in the world, would proudly stand to honor our flag.
Today, thanks to a manufactured anti-cop, Black Lives Matter movement, that started in our White House during Barack Obama’s transformative 8 years in office, Americans are witnessing one of the greatest cracks in the unity of our nation in decades, the dishonoring of our American flag.
Although many Americans are blaming him, the anti-American sentiment didn’t start with the failed NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who became an icon to the left when he first kneeled on the field during the playing of our national anthem, it started with the beer summit in the White House shortly after Barack Obama was elected as our 44th President of the United States. It started to take root with the riots in Ferguson, MO. Unfortunately, the NFL didn’t have the good sense to stop the madness when it started and shamelessly took sides in the controversy, by allowing the players to kneel during our National Anthem while active duty military members stood by and saluted the flag they risk their lives for. Nike has now jumped on the bandwagon with their controversial decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th anniversary “Just Do It’ campaign.
Last week, on the 17th anniversary of 9-11, one spectacular photo that went viral, reminded us that a bunch of overpaid kneeling NFL players doesn’t represent America any more than the community organizer turned President who started the war on cops and on the greatness of our nation.
The photo, that spread like wildfire on social media, simply showed one farmer in Idaho, who stopped working, stood alone in a field, and quietly covered his heart, while a local high school girls soccer team played the National Anthem on the other side of the fence.
For many Americans, the photo reminds us of the gritty, hard-working Americans living in flyover country, who are truly are proud to live in the greatest nation on earth.
Here’s the VHS Girls Soccer team Facebook post that so far, has 32K shares.
The photo was taken in Caldwell, Idaho, a town with a population of about 46,000 people.
Thank you, to BD Photography for sharing this photo with America and for making us all feel proud to be Americans.