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October 24, 2017

10/3/2017 7:29:00 AM
Reader shares thoughts on athletes and the national anthem

To the Editor:

I can still remember lacing up my cleats and running out on the field. I can still hear the sound the dirt made when I would make a sharp right turn and the way the cold spring air felt on my face as I was dribbling up the sidelines. I can still feel the aches and pains in my knees from 15 years of year-round sports.

Most importantly, I remember standing on the field with my teammates, with my hand over my heart facing the flag and listening to our national anthem being played over our sound system.

I remember looking into the crowd and seeing my grandfather with his hat over his heart proudly listening and watching our flag that he served for 29 years in the Air Force.

Being an athlete is an honor. Representing your school is an honor. However, being a coach to young minds is an even bigger honor.

When I walk out on the field this year with my girls for our first soccer game this spring they will all stand not only for the fact of respect for the men and women that gave their lives for us and the ones still fighting overseas and here at home, but because a team that is divided is a team that is conquered.

Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing, but when we forget the past it will repeat itself.



Tara Senter

Galesville



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Thank you Tara.. Alleigence to the flag and country instills so much patriotism to justify every service man to unquestionably put himself in harms way in the face of enemy fire even knowing that the result could be death. Should the ultimate price be paid he or she is honored with the flag that led him into battle. As stated by those in uniform "Mine is not to question why. Mine is to do or die."
Out of respect for those that made the ultimate sacrifice for OUR country and to the living sacrifices the colors will not run or fade. To debate or use the symbolism for a political platform is disrespectful and unexcusable. Nothing should contaminate our allegiance to the flag or country. It should be isolated and protected. Simply stated, "Semper Fi " Always faithful. Theres no time for debate on the front line. After landing and taking Iwo Jima.and after all the casualties and devastation what became the primary task. It was to raise the American flag. For those that have never served I suggest watching a movie titled."Taking Chance". It is based on a true story and Keven Bacon is the main actor.

Food for thought
Craig Strid


Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Article comment by: Merlin Van Buren

Not once in your article do you even mention why athletes are choosing not to stand for the national anthem. That leaves us all to assume that you don't even care why they are choosing to protest. Maybe you should take a look at why they are protesting.Wrapping yourself in the flag doesn't cover the truth, that racism is alive and well in this country.

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Article comment by: Charlie Todd

The song has nothing to do with sports and the protests have nothing to do with veterans/the flag/the song. Y'all need to get over yourselves and worry about things that actually matter.



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