While the fury of many patriotic Americans burned on Sunday against the NFL pro football players who #takeaknee during our national anthem, Sunday was really about something else. President Trump proclaimed September 24, 2017 as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day. Read full proclamation here. How did the mother’s and father’s, widow’s and children of military service members who died protecting our country and ensuring our freedom feel on Sunday while professional football players protest the very flag that their loved one died defending?
The Proclamation begins:
“BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As we solemnly observe Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, we honor and extend our deepest gratitude to the families of military service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. Gold Star families have paid the ultimate price for our Nation’s freedom with the life of their loved ones. Our grateful Nation grieves with them in their loss, but also shares their pride in the selfless service of their sons and daughters.”
Once your read President Trump’s proclamation, you understand why he has so passionately tweeted and spoke out against NFL players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. America finally has a president that cares about the right things in America and isn’t afraid to tell people when they need to straiten up.
While yes, our Bill of Rights grants all Americans free speech, these players are not representing themselves when they stand on the field in their NFL uniform kneeling during the anthem collecting million dollar paychecks playing a little game. They are representing the company they work for, whichever team they play for, it is a job. They are also representing the NFL, the National Football League. The NFL has a problem and so do the owners of these NFL teams. If these players want to protest the flag, let them do it on their own time, not on their company dime. The NFL should support our flag and honor our veterans.
Thankfully, not all players protest, there are many who patriotically stand. Players like Pittsburgh Steelers Left Tackle Alejandro Villanueva proudly defied Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin yesterday, to stay in the locker room to “remove ourselves from the circumstances.”
In August 2016, Villanueva stated, “I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that’s providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year … when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year.”
Alejandro Villanueva, number 76, is a former U.S. Army Captain who served three active tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor — one of the highest individual awards given by the U.S. military. He is my new hero and favorite NFL player!! We have to find a way to support players like Villanueva, they deserve our support!! Lastly, remember the Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s, they NEED our continued support and gratitude!!!
God Bless America!!!