U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris gave an incredible speech during a Pearl Harbor anniversary commemoration ceremony Wednesday.
As part of his speech, he got in quite a dig at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his decision to protest the national anthem this year.
“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,” Harris said, according to Fox News.
In response, the crowd of thousands gave him an extended standing ovation on a pier perched across the harbor from where the USS Arizona sank 75 years ago.
“Today we have an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war,” he said, “and to reflect on both of the costs and blessings of liberty.”
Later in Harris’ speech he reflected on the words in the national anthem: “Hearing the words, ‘The land of the free and home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day. But today, on Dec. 7, it takes on extraordinary significance.”
The Department of Defense initially shared Harris’ words both on Twitter and Facebook, but according to CNN, the posts have since been deleted.
Apparently President Barack Obama’s DOD doesn’t want you to, but you can watch Harris’ Kaepernick burn below:
Harris’ comment about Kaepernick was both hilarious and sad because it’s very true. Kaepernick and others have ignorantly decided to disrespect this country, while others fought and died to protect it.
On the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Harris’ moving comments were especially poignant and should shame Kaepernick and others who have petulantly disrespected this nation — but the sad truth is that they almost assuredly will miss the point.
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