Players walked hand and hand with firefighters, police and sheriff officers to send a message to NFL players who kneel.
While NFL football players knell during the National Anthem showing a lack of respect for our military and police, an Illinois high school decided to honor first responders at their homecoming game, marching onto the field alongside firefighters and law enforcement and holding an American flag high.
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“Football is important in our town, and we use that platform to honor people that deserve that,” Mascoutah Indians coach Josh Lee told “Fox & Friends” on Sunday.
The team has honored the military in the past, Lee said. Over half of the student body is from military families due to the nearby air force base.
The school said the ceremony was planned for a while, but the move comes on the heels of protests across the NFL where players knelt for the national anthem to protest racism in America as well as President Trump.
“Unfortunately this is news now, but I think the long-term goal is that these type of things happen all over the place,” the coach said.
The goal is to help the kids realize they are part of something bigger than themselves, athletic director Scott Battas said.
“Someday they’re going to be dads. Someday they’re going to be husbands and functioning members of the community,” he commented.
Some players say they hope their action sends a message. They want everyone to know that it is time to put differences aside, hear each other, and come together as one.