Just in time to host Colin Kaepernick and the San Fransisco 49ers, the San Diego Chargers are finalizing plans for their 28th annual Salute to the Military game.
In a statement from the team, they said fans in attendance will enjoy pregame entertainment provided by the Marine Band San Diego along with the Frog X parachute team, featuring retired navy seals who will be leaping into Qualcomm Stadium. The National Anthem will be performed by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Powell from the U.S. Navy while 240 sailors, marines and soldiers present a U.S. Super Flag and service emblems from all branches of service. Color guards from the Navy, Marine Corps and Army will present the flag.
At halftime the Chargers will recognize six Vietnam War veterans as a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the war. The Chargers will also have wounded warriors as special guests and a patriotic fireworks show to wrap up half-time.
At the start of the third quarter, Petty officer 1st Class Steven Powell will return to the field where he will perform God Bless America.
Kaepernick has been heavily criticized and applauded for his decision to protest by sitting out the National Anthem.
He addressed the criticism this week.
“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” Kaepernick told Bay Area reporters. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom. They fight for the people. They fight for liberty and justice for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everyone. …
“I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media recently. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”