Governor Urges SC Residents to Stand During Anthem

Nellie Chapman
February 1, 2018

McMaster, who took office after Nikki Haley departed for the United Nations, even issued an official-looking proclamation designating February 4 as "STAND FOR THE FLAG SUPER BOWL SUNDAY".

McMaster announced the proclamation on Twitter Tuesday, urging all SC residents to stand for the national anthem "wherever you watch the Super Bowl".

The GOP governor issued an official proclamation titled "Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday" to recognize and honor the sacrifices of those who served, the Post and Courier reported.

The proclamation calls the American flag "the greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known".

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McMaster echoed President Donald Trump's recent criticism of NFL players who've taken a knee during the National Anthem. The 70-year-old governor cites South Carolina's high veteran population and active duty personnel as a primary reason for his decree.

Our national anthem, the "Star Spangled Banner", describes the American flag and the bravery and sacrifice of those who have fought and died to defend it. But honestly, who's keeping track any more after Donald Trump, Mike Pence and others used the anthem and the 2017 National Football League season as a big ol' wedge block to strengthen their base numbers? In mid-2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the song's performance to protest the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

The issue became a lightning rod of controversy this football season as multiple NFL players kneeled on the sideline through the national anthem to protest police brutality and a string of shootings of unarmed black men.

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minn.

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