This is why you stand for the National Anthem
Thirty-seven years later on in Aug. 1814, the White House and U.S. Capitol lay in ashes after the British military burned the general public structures in Washington D.C. In the immediate aftermath, numerous Americans understandably feared that the Union Jack, the British flag, would soon fly over all of America once again.
Hence, three weeks after the sacking of Washington, Francis Scott Key, a Maryland lawyer who politically oppose the current president, was so moved at seeing the U.S. flag flying victoriously at the end of the fight for Baltimores Fort McHenry, that he composed lyrics for The Star-Spangled Banner, the tune we now call the national anthem.
Americans have represented the U.S. flag since June 14, 1777, the day the Continental Congress declared “that the flag of the ( thirteen) United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a brand-new constellation.”
Why do Americans represent the U.S. flag and the nationwide anthem? In the middle of the NFL debate over gamers who take a knee instead of meaning the nationwide anthem, let us remember the lots of reasons why numerous of us stand for the flag and how everything started.
1. We mean the flag today, not to please ourselves but to honor those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our liberty.
” I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the males and females who have actually been impaired and killed. Every American must think and stand for 3 lousy minutes,” John Kelly stated in reaction to the NFL controversy.
The more than 1.2 million Americans who have actually passed away due to the fact that of war. We mean soldiers who initially inspired our nationwide anthem, such as William Williams, a runaway servant who later on passed away after having his leg blown off as part of the 38th U.S. Infantry at the Battle of Fort McHenry. We also stand for more recent heroes, such as Robert Kelly, the kid of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a marine lieutenant who passed away in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.
2. We represent the flag not to focus on what divides us however on what unites us, which is being an American.
” The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must constantly honor the simply pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from regional discriminations. With small shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political concepts,” George Washington, our very first president, declared in his farewell address in 1796.
The same holds true today. More than being a New Yorker or a Texan or being a Steelers fan or Rams fan, the name “American” deserves our greatest regard and pride. Representing the flag and anthem at a sports game or other public events, symbolically reveals that we are all Americans, no matter our race or faith, no matter our preferred sports team, and no matter our political differences. Standing is the supreme salute to sportsmanship.
3. We mean the flag not to pledge allegiance to a president, but to honor the truth that we have actually a chosen president and not a life time king.
By standing, we honor the fact that our country has had 45 presidents. Our flag reflects our system of federal government, divided by 50 states, the stars on the flag, however unified under a federal government. The nationwide anthem controversy in the NFL started throughout the regard to our previous president and continues during our current presidents term.
4. We stand not because of present or previous pain triggered by oppression, however to salute the concept of justice.
From John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King, Jr., many Americans have represented justice for a more best union. “When the designers of our republic composed the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall successor. This note was a guarantee that all guys– yes, black guys in addition to white men– would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” King declared in his 1968 “I Have a Dream” speech. King tapped the principles produced by our creators and used them to make “justice a reality for all of Gods kids.”
White signifies pureness and innocence. Red (signifies) hardiness and valor and blue … signifies justice, perseverance and vigilance.”
Patriotism is not pride in the pain of our countrys past. Rather, patriotism is pride in the principles that led the way for change, whether that modification was trading royalty for representation in 1776 or exchanging enslavement for emancipation in 1863.
5. We stand for the flag not for our generation but to set an example for the next generation.
From John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King, Jr., numerous Americans have stood for justice for a more ideal union.
Standing for the flag and anthem at a sports video game or other public gatherings, symbolically reveals that we are all Americans, no matter our race or faith, no matter our preferred sports group, and no matter our political differences. Standing is the supreme salute to sportsmanship.
BY JANE HAMPTON COOK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR– 09/29/17 01:00 PM EDT.
Jane Hampton Cook is the author of “Americas Star-Spangled Story” and “The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812.” She is a previous White House web designer for President George W. Bush.
When we stand for the flag and anthem, we are meaning our expect our childrens future, that they will welcome the principles of patriotism and live out its moral truths of justice, courage and perseverance. We represent the flag and anthem so they can mean the flag and anthem.
Our flag reflects our system of government, divided by 50 states, the stars on the flag, but joined under a federal government. The national anthem debate in the NFL started during the term of our previous president and continues during our current presidents term.
Melania Trump asked in a current speech to the United Nations. Passing along patriotism is important to the future survival of America.