Kaepernick Needs A Lesson In Real Sacrifice
Published : September 14, 2018
In the midst of horrible bloodshed of his fellow soldiers seen dying around him Sgt. Carney remembered that “Old Glory” represented all that he held dear to his heart.
“Boys, I only did my duty. The flag never touched the ground,” said Sgt. Carney, who was a member of the 54th Massachusetts Black Infantry at the Battle of Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863.
Instead of dropping the flag and fleeing for his life, Sgt. Carney wrapped the flag around the staff to protect it and ran through flying Confederate bullets as he was struck in the chest, right arm, and right leg. There was also a bullet that grazed his head. As he finally reached safety, Sgt. Carney’s fellow freedom fighters were cheering him on as he collapsed to the ground declaring his devotion to the flag’s symbol.
For his incredible display of courage, Sgt. Carney became the first black American to receive the Medal of Honor. More than 360,000 United States soldiers died in the Civil War. At all those battles, “Old Glory” was with the soldiers. The flag could be seen at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and dozens and dozens of Civil War battles where black and white Americans fought to end Democrat slavery. Many of those brave Union soldiers had the American flag draped on their coffins at Arlington Cemetery.
Throughout American wars for liberation from oppression of totalitarian regimes, “Old Glory” has been on soldiers’ uniforms, planted on liberated ground, and used to drape the coffins of thousands of fallen freedom warriors.
Old Glory has flown proudly during historic American events:
- Iwo Jima. Let Americans never forget that three of those six brave Marines died ending the tyranny of Japan.
- WWI. Both at the Battle of Belleau Wood and Chateau Thierry, the flag was present in liberating France from the oppression of Germany.
- WWI. On the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day-June 6, 1944, men looked upon the flag. At the Battle of the Bulge where thousands of our heroic GI’s died so Western Europe could free from the oppression of national socialism, Old Glory flew. And the flag was with Americans at the Battles of Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, Midway, Okinawa and many, many more as brave warriors gave the ultimate sacrifice so Asia could be free from the horror of Japanese imperialism.
- Korean War. 38,000 Americans died saving South Korea from Communist oppression.
- Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and in Afghanistan. Far too many Americans have come home in coffins draped in Old Glory.
- Suffragette movement. Women fought to get the vote.
- Martin Luther King. The flag is seen at many of his great speeches and with thousands of Civil Rights advocates fighting to end Democrat Jim Crow.
- Rosa Parks. A flag was unfolded onto her wooden coffin in our Capitol’s Rotunda.
- Cesar Chavez. He waved an American flag as he fought Red-baiting in 1970.
- Moon landing. The moon was adorned with the American flag in 1969 with the success of Apollo 11.
- 9/11/2001. Firefighters raised the flag out of the rubble of the Twin Towers after the terrorist attack on American soil.
Old Glory, the Flag of the American republic is much more than a piece of cloth; it is a representation and symbol of the ultimate sacrifice of a life for life and liberty. Kaepernick does not realize or does not care that he sacrificed nothing and is insulting all those who truly did sacrifice everything for life and liberty.