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Navy Admiral Uses Pearl Harbor Speech to Call Out Colin Kaepernick

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A solemn remembrance ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor yesterday included a surprise lesson on patriotism when A U.S. Navy admiral called out Colin Kaepernick for his disrespect of the flag for which so many Americans sailors and servicemen and women died.

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“Will the guests please rise, as able…” the ceremony’s host began. The moment is a profound beginning to what was truly a commemoration of deep respect, and yet it acknowledged something emotionally profound; there are people who want to stand to show their respects, but they can’t. They’re not physically able.

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Later, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. made his views on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s anthem protest completely clear.

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“You can bet that the men and women that we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.

The unexpected jab at Kaepernick’s flag protest turned into a rallying point for the patriots gathered at Pearl Harbor. The attendees rose to their feet–those that could–and applauded the Admiral’s comments.

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Kaepernick’s protest has created controversy across the country as more athletes join in his symbolic gesture meant to acknowledge that the country is plagued by racism.

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Here’s the full ceremony.