by Cassy Fiano | December 8, 2016 7:22 am
Wednesday, December 7th, was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which meant around the country, people were remembering and honoring the lives lost and saluting the heroes who fought bravely. In Hawaii, Navy Admiral Harry Harris spoke about the attack — but he also had some harsh words for Colin Kaepernick, the flailing NFL player who refuses to stand for the National Anthem.
Thousands of people showed up to pay their respects at the event, held at the pier across the harbor from the USS Arizona memorial. And Harris took direct aim at Kaepernick, to the delight of the crowd assembled.
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our National Anthem being played,” he said. “Hearing the words ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day. But today – on December 7th – it takes on extraordinary significance, as we’re joined here in this hallowed place by World War II veterans and survivors of the attacks on military bases all across Oahu, including right here at Pearl Harbor.”
After Harris finished slamming Kaepernick, people applauded, cheered and whistled for nearly a full minute.
Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has spent the season refusing to stand for the National Anthem to protest what he calls “oppression” of minorities in the United States. While at first, he was the only person protesting, the idea has spread throughout the league and other players have begun to kneel in solidarity. While some have applauded his protest, by and large, it has been an extremely unpopular protest. NFL ratings have been steadily dropping all season, with many experts acknowledging that the protest has played a role in turning fans away. Kaepernick has personally received plenty of jeers from fans when he plays, especially at games outside of San Francisco.
Harris is the top military officer in the Asia-Pacific region, taking command in 2015 after leading the United States Pacific Fleet.
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