We received this in our E mail and don't know the origin but apparently it is making the rounds of the Internet. We presume it is not copyrighted, but if it is and anyone informs us we will pull it down immediately. But right now we assume the author wanted this to spread. We totally agree with the sentiment so here it is. To the Author's thoughts we add this one of our own:
Dear NFL players and league officials;
When you chose to insult the flag that so many of our relatives and friends and former comrades in arms died under and were buried under, the flag that so many millions of us served under; we know on some intellectual plane that you are trying to alert us to some social message. We know that what you are doing is protected under the constitution. We know the definition of "Treason" is very limited legally in this nation and that disrespect to the flag doesn't qualify. But when you disrespect that flag, the symbol of our best aspirations and ideals for which so many Americans of every race, creed, color and religion died for in the deepest recesses of our hearts one word is screaming so loud it drowns out every intellectual consideration. That word is TREASON. Sorry, we know you have some other message but when you attack the flag TREASON is all we can hear.
Legions of American Veterans, and their widows and orphans.
TAKE A KNEE
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man [including Blacks who served] stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces ... the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe Sanh to Saigon ... Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well ... and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat ... Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress... Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own.
There's a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.
While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken ... but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains ... every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans ... just American men and women ... delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us ... blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee."
You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another.
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all ... because He is the one who provides those things.And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this ...
GOD BLESS AMERICA!