Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines for days over his refusal to stand for the national anthem during a preseason NFL football game.
Well, the next time Kaepernick’s 49er’s take the field they will be in one of the biggest military cities in the nation – San Diego. The Chargers are rolling out something very special for their game against Kaepernick’s team.
The game is being called the “Salute to the Military” and will feature a number of entertainment options which will honor the United States, the American Flag and our nation’s military.
Among the festivities will be 240 service members holding a 150ft x 300ft “super flag” during the national anthem, retired Navy SEALs parachuting into the stadium during the pregame show, Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell will sing both the National Anthem as well as a rendition of “God Bless America”, and the Marine Corps band will be on hand for all pregame activities.
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“At halftime the Chargers will recognize six Vietnam War veterans as a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the war,” the team announced. “The Chargers will also have wounded warriors as special guests and a patriotic fireworks show to wrap up half-time.”
Kaepernick has vowed to continue his protest of sitting out during the anthem.
“Yes, I’ll continue to sit,” the San Francisco 49ers QB said during statements made on Sunday. “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he clarified. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.”
There has been some speculation among NFL analysts that Kaepernick, who lost his starting position last year, will be cut by the 49ers in the near future. The team will still be on the hook for Kaepernick’s salary, as his contract includes $11.9 million guaranteed for the season. Kaepernick was given the lucrative contract in 2014 after leading the 49er’s to a Super Bowl (they lost) and two conference championships (they also lost) in back to back years.