Why are so many of you so troubled when an NFL player or a college band member (East Carolina) chooses to take a knee during the national anthem? I wouldn’t do it, but it has nothing to do with me. One of the beauties of living in this country is the freedom do express yourself, and to do it on the stage you’re provided is absolutely your prerogative.
Sometimes we seem to have a contest to see who can purport to be the biggest super-patriot. To contend, you probably should acknowledge that others have the right to respond to the anthem in a method they find appropriate.