Recently I read about a young man named Jonathan Isaac, who was the only person who stood in respect of the flag and the National Anthem at one of the Orlando Magic games.
This made me wonder how much courage this took and if this young man would get any repercussions by teammates or others for having decided to do so. All the other team members and coaches, with the blessings of the owners, “took a knee” while some held a clinched fist in the air.
How important is the National Anthem to the people of a country?
To not acknowledge the real purpose of the National Anthem flag could be seen as a form of disrespect. In today’s world, there are many who fervently espouse their cause, whatever it may be, by using the National Anthem of the United States as their rallying point.
Therefore, I ask again…how important is this anthem we sing? Let’s start with a definition:
A national anthem (also state anthem, national hymn, national song, etc.) is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. (Wikipedia)
If then, it evokes “history, traditions and struggles of its people,” should it not be given great respect?
This song, our National Anthem, and our flag are part of a great American history. Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words as he observed the flag flying over Fort McHenry, after a battle with the British in the War of 1812.
The 200th anniversary of the “Star-Spangled Banner” occurred in 2014 with various special events occurring throughout the United States. The men and women who died for freedom, under this flag, are great in number. To sing and honor the flag and our Anthem is, without question, one of our greatest privileges. Certainly, those in the battle for independence and battles since for world freedom have seen great struggles. Many had to stand alone.
Is it really important to stand during the singing of the National Anthem?
Some may not realize that there was a federal law concerning the appropriate way to honor the singing of the National Anthem and the associated flag ceremony. I bet you didn’t know how many revisions there have been to that law and what is considered appropriate by most citizens when the Anthem is played. Here are the highlights of the law:
….When the U.S. national anthem was first recognized by law in 1931, there was no prescription as to behavior during its playing.
….On June 22, 1942, the law was revised indicating that those in uniform should salute during its playing, while others should simply stand at attention, men removing their hats. The same code also required that women should place their hands over their hearts when the flag is displayed during the playing of the national anthem, but not if the flag was not present.
….On December 23, 1942, the law was again revised …to stand at attention and face in the direction of the music when it was played…
…On July 7, 1976, the law was simplified. Men and women were instructed to stand with their hands over their hearts, men removing their hats, irrespective of whether or not the flag was displayed and those in uniform saluting. ..
….Because of the changes in law over the years and confusion between instructions for the Pledge of Allegiance versus the National Anthem, throughout most of the 20th century many people simply stood at attention and they would hold their hand (or hat) over their heart.
****After 9/11, the custom of placing the hand over the heart during the playing of the national anthem became nearly universal. (Wikipedia)
Peer pressure and the concern about NOT looking like a person who doesn’t stand with some worthy goal, people sometimes became more hesitant. Even people in leadership positions felt that they, too, had to made some kind of statement of “unity” with those who opposed respectfully standing. As leaders, who love our country, one would think that they would believe that HONOR and RESPECT was important.
This is the reason that I am writing this post to also honor the young man, Jonathan Isaac, who was willing to be his own person and to show his appreciation for his country. Standing alone for, especially for a young person, is not an easy matter.
Mike Bianchi wrote in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper the following about Isaac:
“Jonathan Isaac certainly shouldn’t be vilified. He has nothing to apologize for, and doesn’t have to “knee” to show he cares about human kind. He won the Magic’s Community Service Award last year.”
Bianchi sent on to explain what Isaac is doing with his wealth and commitment to his Savior, Jesus Christ. He lists a few of this activities as feeding underprivileged children; raising money to fight for literacy; relief in the Bahamas and taking students to the African Art Gallery to learn about African American history.
Jonathan Isaac also made a statement to the press: “We are all sinners and the answers to all the world’s problems, not just racism, is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
May Jonathan be blessed with many years of serving humanity and his country in whatever way he will be lead in the future. With his faith and belief in America and his fellow countrymen and women, we will most likely hear more about him in the future.
Jonathan, you are NOT STANDING ALONE. There are many who happily stand with you.
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August 1, 2020 | Categories: Boyer Writes, Community, Encouragement, Inspirational, Leadership, Making a Difference | Tags: 9-11, alone, American flag, books by N.W.Boyer, community service, History, honor, Jonathan Isaac, law on anthem, Mike Bianchi, National Anthem, Orlando Magic, Orlando Sentinel Newspaper, patriotism, peer pressure, respect, stand for anthem, Star Spangled Banner, taking the knee, War of 1812 | Comments Off on Standing Alone
Football players make extremely high salaries…more than many CEO”s and other professionals. This is the country that gave them the opportunity to be the best at what they do…play football. Why it is hard to be thankful to those who spent hours teaching and training them in a free environment that has given this privilege, is hard to understand. Politics aside….just LOVE your country….PLAY your best ball…and keep politics or personal “beefs” out of it.
It appears that the fans and those who buy football paraphernalia may feel the same way, according to the recent article by Greg Norman.
“Football fans across America were clamoring for the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, a day after the former Army Ranger broke team orders by being the only player to come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Villanueva, who stood alone while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being played Sunday in Chicago, currently has the #1 selling jersey on the NFL’s web store, ahead of top players including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said when asked about Villanueva ignoring the order and coming out for the anthem.
Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said after the game. “They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president.” Villanueva, who served three tours in Afghanistan, decided to stand his ground instead and placed his hand over his heart while the anthem played. He has not spoken publicly since Sunday’s game.
One of Villanueva’s teammates, Cam Heyward, said “We support our guy Al. He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country, and we thank him for it,” Heyward told ESPN. Tomlin said Sunday that the team is not “politicians” but “coaches and professional athletes.”
My husband is the big football fan in this household, but we just came back from talking to a Korean War (Conflict) vet, who just about had his legs amputated because they were frozen. His shoes were so worn that they flapped when he walked. Men died all around him. Just as the surgeons were preparing him, they said for him to stand up just one more time. That was when the miracle happened. He felt a rush of blood fly through both legs, saving them from the knife. He believes God gave him a chance to do much more in life, which he has done. He could have died for his country or been an invalid the rest of his life. He said that he can no longer watch T.V. programs on war.
It is my opinion that he may also have to decide if he will watch football if there is no more respect by some players for the National Anthem of his beloved America. Head Coach, Mike Tomlin, said he wanted them “to be respectful to the team”. I would challenge that by asking if respect for the team’s overall wishes takes priority over respect for the country? It appears that we are mixing up freedom of speech (or political dissent) with rights and privilege for something we can never regain if it is lost…RESPECT FOR COUNTRY.
Thank you, M. C. and Alejandro. You probably know something about the real love of country more than any of us. Thank God because of you and the veterans of all wars, the fighters against terrorism and all patriots that we have a free country in which to PLAY BALL.
Post Comment: Since writing this “thank you” to Alejandro, he seems to want to play down what he did that was right…coming out and standing for the National Anthem. NO, You did not “throw your teammates under the bus. You honored your country. Don’t do a dishonor by trying to resend what you did in order to go with the flow or be politically correct. In Afghanistan, you would have stood alone if you had to in order to do what you thought was right. Fortunately, you probably had a unit in your Army Rangers that would die, if need be, for their country. I’m not sure about your football team. Thankfully, their choices are not a matter of life and death.
VIDEO (Turn up sound) The True Story of why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner
All the verses, that you may not have heard, of our National Anthem.
September 26, 2017 | Categories: Boyer Writes, Death and Life, freedom of speech, Heros, History, Ideologies and Beliefs, Military, patriotic | Tags: Afghanistan, Alejandro Villanueva, Army Rangers, Francis Scott Key, Korean Conflict, Mike Tomlin, National Anthem of the U.S.A, patriotism, Pittsburgh Steelers, protests, respect, Star Spangled Banner, veterans, World Wars | Comments Off on PLAY FOOTBALL…HONOR YOUR COUNTRY
The Flag…what does it mean to us? It represents everything that our nation stands for..FREEDOM. They can rip it…burn it…hang it up side down, but it will still have the power to stand for all that men and women have died to protect…FREEDOM.
Here is the story of why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner…our National Anthem. If the young people in your family cannot tell you why Francis Scott Key wrote this song, send this blog to them. Perhaps as they grow up, they will cherish it as millions do. The future adults of America should never be in doubt whether the flag “…still waves over the land of the free or the home of the brave.”
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November 13, 2016 | Categories: Boyer Writes, Death and Life, FREEDOM, History, Important to know | Tags: Boyer Writes, bravery, Francis Scott Key, freedom, Home of the brave, National Anthem, patriotic, power of the flag, Star Spangled Banner, the American flag | Comments Off on The POWER of the FLAG