Admiral to Kaepernick: Pearl Harbor Victims and Veterans never took a knee during the National Anthem
Admiral Harry Harris had some well-placed words for Colin Kaepernick, and he didn’t even have to use his name. Speaking before thousands at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on December 7, he said,
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played. But today — on Dec. 7th — it takes on extraordinary significance, as we’re joined here in this hallowed place by World War II veterans and survivors of the attacks on military bases all across Oahu, including right here at Pearl Harbor.”
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) December 7, 2016
He received a standing ovation in a full minute of applause, whistles and whoops.
Admiral Harris has been described as a genuine “badass.” According to Conservative Review:
Admiral Harris’ father and four brothers all served in World War II. In fact, his dad was on the Lexington aircraft carrier just before the Pearl Harbor attack. His family’s legacy of service inspired the native Tennessean to follow in their footsteps, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 before his career of service that spans decades.
Harris, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother, is the first Asian-American to achieve the rank of admiral. And in September 2014, Admiral Harry Harris was appointed the head of the U.S Pacific Command by President Obama.
A decorated officer, Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours — including more than 400 combat hours — in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft…
He is also the Navy’s current “Gray Owl,” an active-duty naval flight officer who has held this designation the longest period.
Football players, bands, and other ignorant people have followed Kaepernick’s lead of taking a knee during the anthem.
The Admiral called him on it…and did it well.