The Truth about the Anthem Controversy

On Memorial Day we are asked to remember those who gave their lives for the freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy.  Yet, as our national media took to the air this weekend they chose to discuss the NFL’s ruling on the expectation of their employee as it pertains to conduct during the playing of the National Anthem.  In their supposed “unbiased” commentary, they failed to report the true meaning behind why these players should stand during the anthem.  Below, as a reference, is the actual legal code of conduct.   

36 U.S. Code § 301 – National Anthem

(a) Designation. — The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b) Conduct During Playing. — During a rendition of the national anthem

(1) When the flag is displayed:

(A) Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

(B) Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

(C) All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(2) When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

The talking heads were quick to point out that individual’s have the right to protest perceived injustices, they have the right to free speech and the NFL owners have the right to keep the fans happy but not one that I heard mentioned the true reason behind the act in question.

Why is it right and just, as an American, to stand during the anthem?

We, as a united Nation, stand as a grateful people on behalf of the men and women who serve this great country and, most importantly, those who died for those very rights that everyone seems to be so concerned about protecting.  I find it very hypocritical that someone would use the National Anthem as the vehicle of choice to protest any human right; given what it stands for.  I also believe that our media’s lack of acknowledgement of this central truth on Memorial Day weekend goes to the heart of who we are becoming as a society; a self centered culture with a relativistic view of the truth.

God Bless America and the brave souls of our National Heroes who gave their all for each of us; even those of us who foolishly show lack of dignity and respect to the sacrifices they made.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Author: Anthony Boquet

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, a native of South Louisiana and a resident of Franklin, TN. For 37 years he has been happily married to Toni Ann. They have two children, Thomas and Tiffany and three adorable grandchildren, Madison, Blake and Tyler. His hobbies include writing and reading, playing guitar, instructing TaeKwonDo and self-defense classes in HapKiDo, and riding motorcycles. Published Author “Bloodline of Wisdom, An Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” Released through Bush Publishing. A regular contributor in the Christian Family Publications and numerous financial journals and publications He holds multiple professional credentials bestowed by The American College of Financial Services Member of: St. Philip’s Catholic Church Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree The American College Alumni Association The Society of Financial Service Professionals Graduate: Purdue University Professional Management Institute Experiences includes: Adjunct Instructor on Leadership, Ethics, and Insurance related topics Financial Planner / Estate Planner Dynamic Public Speaker Faith and Business instructor on Ethical and Moral Wisdom Board Member of various Non-Profit organizations Business leader for 34 years Expert witness in insurance related court cases He is currently a Vice President at The American College Tony is excited to be finalizing work on his second book.

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