Excerpted From The Hill: A Navy admiral is blasting sports stars for protesting the national anthem.
U.S. Pacific Command Commander Harry Harris’s rebuke earned him a standing ovation Wednesday during his speech honoring the 75th anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“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 at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii.
Harris, who is charged with overseeing U.S. armed forces operations in the Pacific region, did not mention San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick or other athletes by name in his remarks.
The Navy admiral was commemorating the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, a surprise military strike by Japan that ultimately drew the U.S. into World War II. The ensuing battle killed 2,403 U.S. military members and wounded 1,178 others, and also resulted in 68 civilians killed and another 35 wounded.
Kaepernick began protesting the national anthem in August, refusing to rise from his seat when the song began.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said after the Aug. 27 game, according to NFL.com. Keep reading