San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he’ll continue to sit during the National Anthem at any NFL football games, including the San Diego Chargers’ 28th Annual Salute to the Military day. It is considered to be one of the most patriotic football games during the season.
The events before/during the game include:
- Music provided by the Marine Band San Diego.
- An appearance from the Frog X parachute team.
- The National Anthem will be performed by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell, while 240 Sailors, Marines and Soldiers present a huge U.S. Flag.
- During halftime, the Chargers will recognize six Vietnam War veterans along with having wounded warriors as special guests and a patriotic fireworks.
The Chargers have already done events with service members this week.
We spent the morning at @MCASMiramarCA for our 28th annual Salute to the Military.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 31, 2016
— MCAS Miramar, 3rdMAW (@MCASMiramarCA) August 31, 2016
Kaepernick said he’ll stand for the National Anthem when things change. “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
In terms of having extra security for the game, it is unknown if the Chargers will have any. Kaepernick said he wasn’t worried about security issues.
“[I’m] not really too concerned about that,” Kaepernick said. “At the end of the day, if something happens, that’s only proving my point.”