Washington Chapter 324 of the Korean War Veterans Association went on record at its meeting Thursday to denounce the actions by professional football players who kneel during the playing of the national anthem before their games.
The kneeling is a protest about the shooting of black suspects by white police officers.
At their monthly meeting, the Korean Veterans unanimously voted to go on record in objecting to this type of protest, which is “disrespectful to the flag, the national anthem and to veterans who served their country,” according to a motion that was approved.
The chapter is asking that other veterans’ organizations join in a movement to publicly reject a protest of this type as demonstrating disrespect for the nation’s traditional patriotic symbols.
“Recognizing the players’ right to protest, the Korean Veterans agreed that the players’ acts of kneeling when the national anthem is played is unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag and what it stands for,” a spokesman for the organization said.
It was reported at the meeting that the NFL owners plan to meet next week to address the situation. The league has had less overall attendance this season and the television ratings have dropped.