I'm sure many of you have heard about the football player who is refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Look, I don't agree with him, but it's his right to do it. Free speech and all that. Do I find it disrespectful? Absolutely. But we live in a country where things like that are acceptable.
What I don't find as accepting are tweets like this:
I immediately thought "What a pompous rich jerk." He doesn't get it. He doesn't understand that the anthem means a lot to our troops, who leave their families to give people like him the freedom to sing. He gets paid millions of dollars to croon songs and those who go to dangerous countries are given an embarrassingly low sum.
When the National Anthem plays, it's amazing to see all the soldiers stand erect, arms down their sides, fists curled. Even if they aren't in uniform they immediately face towards the direction of the flag--or if there isn't a flag, they face the direction of the location of the nearest flag. This is dedication. It always brings tears to my eyes. I can always, always spot the soldiers because of their stance when the song is on. Always.
Sometimes you'll see a troop with tears in their eyes while the song plays. They might be thinking of the battles they've fought. The friends they have lost. What it truly means to be an American.
The song doesn't mean as much to every single troop. Everyone is different, after all. I see some veterans are even supporting the football player who refuses to stand. It's their opinion. It's why our country is great: people can have differing views.
But for me? I love the National Anthem. I immediately think of my husband. Of everyone out there defending my freedom. And honestly, the way John Legend sings it is not my taste, so I do not agree with his tweet. One of the best? Not in my eyes.
I'm proud to be the wife of a soldier. I'm proud that my children have a selfless Daddy who would give his life for his country.
I'm proud that we have the National Anthem so we can remember those who have died for their country. So we can be thankful for what we have. Some people do not understand what it truly means, and that's okay.
So John Legend, yes, there are those who "really truly love that song".
In case you were wondering.