We stand when the anthem is played as a symbolic way of showing our pride that we are Americans and to honor the men and women who have died for this country.
Colin Kaepernick, despite what he says, is dishonoring our fallen warriors by his actions, and the 49ers are contributing to this by allowing him on the field when the anthem is played.
The courts are allowing the First Amendment to become so broad that nothing can be deemed sacred or protected despite the clear intent of earlier generations. The flag can be burned, war memorials torn down and funerals protested.
I have lived 50 or 51 years longer than the men I served with in Vietnam who were killed. They died for this county before they really had a chance to live life, and there should be a strong moral obligation to honor that sacrifice.
The courts, Congress, and the National Football League need to recognize this and act. If not, we should go back to the draft, so everyone or anyone’s children or grandchildren might be in a war zone, and we will learn to honor again the sacrifice of those who have died for this country.
T. Worthington Vogel, Fresno