Jennifer Nettles Goes For It and The Entire Audience Was On Their Feet

There are a lot of athletes jumping on the bandwagon to protest the National Anthem and the flag when games start these days, and it's just another issue causing division in the U.S.

Some people complain that the U.S. isn't a fair place for people of color, and until all injustices are a thing of the past, they can't in good conscience pay tribute to the country and give it honor.

Of course, they're entirely missing the point; the National Anthem and the flag are not about what's wrong with this country. They're about what's right with it.

The National Anthem reminds us of how hard the fight is for the freedom that we all enjoy right now, including the freedom to protest our own country. There certainly are still injustices going on in the U.S. that should concern us all, particularly racial injustices.

There is absolutely a time and place to stand against such problems, to protest and bring awareness to the issues. But protesting the 'National Anthem' at an event that’s supposed to unite us as a community is actually getting it backwards.

This year, in particular, it has been rough. President Donald Trump harshly sounded off on the issue of protests, and it's only seemed to spark more protests and more attention to the protesters. Once again, it's a step in the wrong direction.

People who feel they absolutely must take a stand against the flag and the anthem certainly have a right to do so, but they should not be getting the spotlight. The spotlight should be on the patriotism, not the protests.

Last year on Labor Day Weekend during the NCAA football season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway, country music star Jennifer Nettles gave a stunning performance. She sang the anthem tall and proud, with the power and the dignity that the anthem deserves.

She belted it out acapella as strategically timed fireworks launched behind her, and the entire crowd seemed to be caught up in the moment of patriotism.

People in the stands stood for the anthem, service men and women saluted on the field and there were splashes of red, white and blue everywhere. Years from now, people who attended or watched the game are probably going to have a hard time remembering who was playing, what the score was or how their team did for the season.

What they’re not going to forget, though, was the moment of unity in which they stood together to salute the highest ideals the country stands for, and the price people have paid for that.

If anyone was kneeling, no one but their closest neighbor would know it. They weren't given the time of day, because protesting the fight for freedom, the people who sacrificed for that freedom, and the unity of the nation is just the wrong message.

If someone opted out, cameras chose to ignore them and to focus on honoring all that’s good and admirable about the U.S.

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