2018-09-13 / Letters

Don’t take a knee; respect those who brought us peace

To the editor:

Our beautiful national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, still gives me goose bumps. Francis Scott Key penned these lyrics in 1814 during the battle of Fort M’Henry. Lyric lines such as “and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there” are powerful and moving.

If you read the full version it “praises the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!” “In God is our trust.” “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” These lyric lines are a tribute to God and men who fought the perilous fight, and who brought us vict’ry and peace.

So the next time you decide to take a knee in protest perhaps you will think twice and show decency and respect for those who brought us peace and for those who continue to keep the peace.

David A. Canfield

P.O. Box 837

Northport

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Who in the world decided the

Who in the world decided the National Anthem needed to be played at football games anyway. Crazy.

It is a sports event viewed

It is a sports event viewed my millions of Americans like the Olympics. The purpose of the National Anthem is to show pride in your country, unite our people and give thanks to our armed forces. I don’t think taking a knee qualifies for uniting our people, do you? Furthermore, this song is not about the 1st amendment, or your right to protest. It’s about giving thanks to men and God for victory. This is about having RESPECT. . . Something which is in short supply in this country. I hope you find this explanation enlightening. . . and unless your crippled or hate this country, please stand!