Citizens have a right to disrespect the Flag. Others, such as I, have a right to view those protests as an affront to the thousands who died defending that flag. If you ascribe to the fact that people have a right to protest - you must also ascribe to the fact that others have an equal right to view said protest with loathing and contempt. Free speech and Freedom of Choice work both ways.
There really is no clear reason why they are kneeling now. So many people doing it for so many personal reasons the intended message is blurred. I have disgust for them doing this during the anthem as I perceive it as an insult to all the Flag stands for. I believe some think the Flag stands for the sacrifice of our servicemen and women. That may be how it became about soldiers. Personally, my family traces veterans all the way back to the Revolution and yes, I am offended when the Flag or our Anthem is insulted.
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