During a 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day commemoration ceremony on Wednesday, US Navy Admiral and Pacific Command commander Harry Harris made not-so-subtle comments at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a powerful speech. In his speech, Harris states Americans who died on that fateful day “never took a knee and never failed to stand” during the national anthem.
“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 told a massive crowd in Hawaii, who gave a lengthy standing ovation. “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.”
Clearly, Harris’ jab at Kaepernick was due in part because of the football player’s choice to protest the national anthem before the start of NFL games over racial injustices and police brutality.
Harris has been lauded by the Navy, American citizens and the the Department of Defense for his powerful statements in the speech. After Harris publicly shamed Kaepernick, tweets poured in from people praising the 60-year-old for his rhetoric.
“Pacific Fleet Admiral Harry Harris just punted Colin Kaepernick down the field, and it was absolutely glorious,” wrote one Twitter user. Another tweeted: “Watched this from home; I stood up and clapped when I heard this! Adm. Harris was awesome!”
Harris, an all-star serviceman, has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Video of the remarks can be viewed below:
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