I truly appreciate your piece. I have to admit, Kaepernick really offended me. However, he expressed his feelings and is now paying the price. BUT, as I looked at photos of those kneeling, I did not come away with a feeling of disrepect on their part. It even changed how I feel about Kaepernick.
What I didn’t know was that it’s not just a tradition. Standing for the flag is codified in law. PUBLIC LAW 105–225 states:
‘‘§9. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
‘‘During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.”
I had no idea. However, there is no punishment. These Americans are doing what many have done before: civil disobedience. They are not harming anyone. I served 24 years in the military to defend their right to do this. If they feel it is the right thing to do, they should do it.