There are big­ger is­sues

The Oklahoman - - OPINION -

I can’t un­der­stand all the hoopla about kneel­ing at NFL games be­ing dis­re­spect­ful, as I have seen kneel­ing as a sign of re­spect. You kneel to pray, men kneel to pro­pose, peo­ple kneel be­fore the throne of a monarch, all as a sign of re­spect. So why if you kneel be­fore the flag is it seen as a sign of dis­re­spect? At prac­ti­cally all sport­ing events, there are peo­ple dis­re­spect­ing the flag by walk­ing, buy­ing re­fresh­ments, not re­mov­ing head gear, talk­ing, tex­ting or do­ing other things dur­ing the play­ing of the na­tional an­them. I am a 20-year mil­i­tary vet­eran who served in Viet­nam dur­ing 1968 and I am truly sur­prised by the out­cry by baby boomers, as they were burn­ing the flag dur­ing the Viet­nam War era as well as burn­ing draft cards, leav­ing the coun­try to avoid mil­i­tary ser­vice and now are cry­ing dis­re­spect. There are many is­sues we need to ad­dress in our na­tion. Whether some­one stands for the na­tional an­them is not one of them.

Wil­lis Alexan­der, Ok­la­homa City

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