A U.S. Navy Admiral has trolled NFL player Colin Kaepernick as he called for people to stand during the national anthem during a Pearl Harbor memorial speech.
U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris said on Wednesday that those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem.
His remarks at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack generated a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, with people whistling and hooting.
Thousands gathered for the event, held on a pier across the harbor from where the USS Arizona sank during the 1941 attack.
‘Hearing the words ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day.
‘But today – on December 7th – it takes on extraordinary significance, as we’re joined here in this hallowed place by World War II veterans and survivors of the attacks on military bases all across Oahu, including right here at Pearl Harbor.’
His remarks come after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling in recent months during the national anthem to protest police brutality and the treatment of minorities.
Kaepernick’s stance has drawn criticism and acclaim alike.
He copped a torrent of abuse and one fan even threw a bottle at him during his first start of the season for the 49ers back in October.
Kaepernick, who was born a Lutheran and has Bible verse tattoos, has come under fire since August, when he first refused to stand for the national anthem before a game.