N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Standing Alone

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.

Jonathan Isaac stands alone for the National Anthem at Magic game Photo credit (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

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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:

national anthem (also state anthemnational 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.

1812 Flag that flew over Fort McHenry at National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute

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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)

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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.

Turn on your sound.

The National Anthem is for ALL AMERICANS. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.


TOUGH WORDS

A close friend of mine sent me the writing below and ask that I pass it on. Just before we celebrate the 4th of July, our great Independence Day, I am happy to do so. They are definitely “tough words.”

As we look back at what it cost to free ourselves, as a nation, from England, in order to gain independence….our American flag stands for all the freedoms we enjoy and all that it has cost since then. This includes the freedom of speech…for those who speak out for or against a certain action.

The following are not my words, but I believe they speak the feelings of many Americans who love their sports and the players, but not some of their actions or attitudes. You be the judge.

“TO THE NFL (NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE) and ITS PLAYERS:

If I have brain cancer, I don’t ask my dentist what I should do. If my car has a problem, I don’t seek help from a plumber! Why do you think the public cares what a football player thinks about politics? If we want to know about football, then depending on the information we seek, we might consult with you, but even a quarterback doesn’t seek advice on playing his position from a defensive tackle!

You seem to have this over inflated view of yourselves, thinking because you enjoy working on such a large scale stage, that somehow your opinion about everything matters. The NFL realizes the importance of its “image” so it has rules that specify the clothes and insignia you can wear, the language you use, and your “antics” after a touchdown or other “great” play. But somehow you and your employer don’t seem to care that you disgrace the entire nation and its 320 million people in the eyes of the world by publicly disrespecting this country, its flag, and its anthem! The taxpaying citizens of this country subsidize your plush work environments, yet you choose to use those venues to openly offend those very citizens.

Do you even understand what the flag of this country means to so many of its citizens before you choose to “take a knee” in protest of this “country” during our national anthem?

You may think because you are paid so much that your job is tough, but you are clueless when it comes to tough.  Let me show you those whose job is really tough.

You are spoiled babies who stand around and have staff squirt GatorAid in your mouths, sit in front of misting cooling fans when it’s warm, and sit on heated benches when it’s cold. That’s not “tough” that’s pampered.

You think that you deserve to be paid excessively high salaries, because you play a “dangerous” game where you can incur career ending injuries. Let me show you career ending injuries!

You think you that you deserve immediate medical attention and the best medical facilities and doctors when injured. Let me show you what it’s like for those who really need and deserve medical attention.

You think you have the right to disrespect the flag of the United States, the one our veterans fought for, risked limbs and mental stability to defend, in many cases died for. Let me show you what our flag means to them, their families, and their friends.

You believe you are our heroes, when in reality you are nothing but overpaid entertainers, who exist solely for our enjoyment! Well, your current antics are neither entertaining nor enjoyable, but rather a disgrace to this country, its citizens, all our veterans and their families, and the sacrifices they have made to ensure this country remains free. You choose to openly disgrace this country in the eyes of the rest of the world, yet with all your money, still choose to live here rather than in any other country. People with even the slightest amount of “Class” will stand and respect our flag. Where does that put you? You want to see heroes… here are this countries heroes!

You can protest policies, the current government, or anything else you choose, that is your right. But when you “protest” our flag and anthem, you are insulting the nation we all live in and love, and all those who have served, been injured, or died to keep it free. There is nothing you can do or say that can make your actions anything more than the arrogance of classless people, who care about themselves more than our country or the freedoms for which our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much, to ensure you have the “right” to speak freely. Our country is far from perfect, but if you can point to any other country where your freedom and opportunities are better than they are here, then you just might want to go there and show respect for their flag!”

VIDEO “GOD BLESS AMERICA” Turn up sound