South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed a state proclamation making this Sunday “Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday,” calling for all South Carolina residents to stand for the national anthem and support U.S. troops.
“I ask that all South Carolinians show the world our state’s resolute commitment to supporting our troops by standing for the national anthem wherever you watch the Super Bowl with your loved ones this Sunday,” McMaster tweeted on Tuesday, adding the hashtag “I Stand.”
McMaster pointed out that South Carolina is home to a number of military installations and hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans.
McMaster called on South Carolina residents to stand for the anthem during the Super Bowl to “honor the service and sacrifice of generations of men and women of the United States Armed Forces” because of the Star Spangled Banner’s lyrics, “celebrating the American flag and an historic victory won by brave Americans fighting and sacrificing to preserve our young nation.”
McMaster previously served in the U.S. Army Reserves after graduating from the University of South Carolina.
During the beginning of the NFL season last year, President Donald Trump slammed players who sat or kneeled during the national anthem.
McMaster succeeded former governor Nikki Haley who took over as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
McMaster’s proclamation comes in support of President Trump’s previous comments on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.