During the 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration ceremony on Wednesday, a Navy Admiral gave a speech that included some trolling of Colin Kaepernick, a professional football player has decided to take a knee during the national anthem.
U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris made the comments on Wednesday at a ceremony in Hawaii marking the 75th Remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“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.
Following the comment, the crowd gave Harris a standing ovation.
“Hearing the words, ‘The land of the free and home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day,” he later said. “But today, on Dec. 7, it takes on extraordinary significance.”
Kaepernick made the decision to kneel during the national anthem, citing police brutality and racial injustice as the reasons behind it.
Colin Kaepernick’s decision has caused nationwide controversy with many people critical of it.
Other NFL players joined Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem including teammate Eric Reid as well as former running back Arian Foster.