While professionals have disappointed, one group of kids shows what it means to stand up for America.
Several professional athletes have sparked national controversy and outrage over their refusal to stand for the national anthem recently, but a freshman football team near Flint, Michigan is being applauded for taking a stand in a touching display of respect.
Chell Byrnes shared a photo on facebook on August 31, showing the Lapeer Lightning freshmen football team all lined up, with their helmets removed and their hands over their hearts.
They were at an away game, against Carman-Ainsworth school. Out of habit, they lined up like they always do for the national anthem. But then they heard the announcer say there would be no national anthem before that game.
The Carman-Ainsworth superintendent, Eddie Kindle, explained later that another higher level junior varsity game was to be played later that evening, so the national anthem was being reserved for that game.
But the freshmen football team, already lined up in anticipation of the anthem being played, refused to go onto the field without it. Instead, the members of the team began to sing it themselves, in spite of the fact that there was no music.
Chell Byrnes reported that the crowd stood with them for every note and said she was “very proud to be a Lightning Mom tonight!!”
Lapeer head coach Bryan Sahr said, “I’ve been with most of these players for three years now. They’re just an awesome group of kids. It makes me incredibly emotional and I don’t usually get emotional.”
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