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First Black Medal Of Honor Recipient Never Let The Flag Touch The Ground

Every hero is remembered for what he did for others, but sadly that is not Kaepernick case. He is remembered for what he refused to do: stand in honor of the national anthem.

But here is one reminder and someone who Kaepernick and other players can look up to. William H. Carney, first black man to earn the Medal of Honor treated the flag, who was born into slavery years before the Civil War.

After running away to the north to get his freedom, Carney decided to join the Union forces a volunteer sergeant. He could have hidden in Canada and wait for the war to be over but he didn’t do that.

“On July 18, 1863, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment soldiers led the charge on Fort Wagner. During the battle, the color guard, John Wall, was struck by a fatal bullet. He staggered and was about to drop the flag when Carney saw him,” explained the States News Service.

That moment is immortalized in the movie “Glory.”

“Carney seized the flag, and held it high despite fierce fighting, inspiring the other soldiers. He was wounded twice — in his leg and right arm — and bled heavily,” continued States News.

“Although the Army sergeant could hardly crawl, he clutched the flag until he finally reached the walls of Fort Wagner. He planted ‘Old Glory’ in the sand and held it tightly until he was rescued, nearly lifeless from blood loss.”

During his final moment, he handed off the banner to a fellow soldier with a message, “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!”

Carney got Medal of Honor for his courageous actions, and his pledge to never let the American flag fall down became an empowering cry for the military and every patriot in America.

People like Kaepernick don’t get to be heroes by disrespecting the flag when there were and still are people like Carney. Kaepernick and the other players will never understand how powerful is the national anthem and flag to the people who love this country.

There can never be a comparison between the football field and the battlefield, and that’s the main reason why these spoiled athletes can’t find it in themselves to love and respect the flag.

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  1. S. I.

    September 26, 2017 at 11:40 am

    But of course you all would come up with this story. He did that because HE didn’t know any better. I’m sure if the former slave knew better he would have NEVER joined the military! You all are a bunch of demons!

  2. v farinella

    September 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

    You rich egotistical players can learn a lesson. You cry of injustice, yet, what did you do that was so “great” that you feel you must spit in the face of the men and women who fought for your right to act like spoiled brats. Explain again how you are so justified to desecrate our symbol of freedom to the men and women who can’t afford bread or milk for their families, or the sick person who has to make a choice between their meds or a slice of bread. You sicken me. Grow up!

  3. Victor

    September 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    It is the duty of every compatriot to stand in honour of their nation whenever the national anthem is being sung. The country is greater than every individual

    • Phill

      September 27, 2017 at 1:27 am

      Who told you that?

  4. jim wallace

    September 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Thats the problem with todays students they have NO , nada, none information about their history and they keep trying to hide it our teachers union should be fighting for history to be the biggest program in our education. The wars fought for freedom since 1776 where the flag leads the charge and not dragged behind or left behind. It is proudly displayed and when the anthem is played it too is the record of our past hero’s who gave it all for the freedom of choice. Yes you have the right to show your ignorance but don’t ask me to have to deal with it. Being a vet and serving in the USAF from 1961 to 1964 it turns my stomach to see grown men worth millions of dollars playing “Its all about me” while showing their disrespect in the faces of those who serves and still are. How many never came back that could have played the same game. How many sit and watch a their stadium who sit in the handicapped sections. How many sons, father, mothers, brothers, sisters and family members sit at your games as you stick your finger up to them in your false gratitude for you millions you make tossing that ball around. Wake up and even though your teachers may not have explained it to you you could take the time on your own,c heck African Americans and the American Revolution, Black Civil War Soldiers, better yet, African American US History.

    • Bill M.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Jim Wallace, your comment is spot on and it seems, to me at least, it also uncovers the real problem with all this insanity. These extremely overpaid, somewhat uneducated, Holyer than thou, fools who make millions playing a kids game are scared to death that they will be proven wrong. It’s like God forbid I should be proven wrong, I’m greater than anyone alive, I’m a pro football player and that means “I’m all right, the worlds all wrong”. If these jokers were getting $1000 per game win or lose rather than millions per year win or lose, maybe they would be more inspired to stop and do a reality check.

    • Harriett Gitthens

      September 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm


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  6. Stu Hinkle

    September 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    So just let these malcontents kneel, sit, and flash the black power stance because ultimately they will be out of a job when people shun the NFL and their teams! Make no mistake, people vote with their wallet and when folks find another venue for their dollars, these players will soon become totally iirelevent. Talk about killing the “golden goose”!

  7. Joan

    September 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    A beautiful article, well written and inspiring. Colon Krapdick and his “proud” mother are totally self indulgent, attention seeking individuals and UNAMERICAN. Black athletes and National Felon League should be eliminated from our lives and cater to the likes of their racist, globalist, anarchists, Marxists supporters. Semper Fi.

  8. joseph wisniewski

    September 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Strange how some people in this country don”t get it , don”t see it ,don”t understand it or just don”t give a damn , alot of people gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation , our flag and our people but what do we have today , over paid athletes and talking heads bad mouthing the greatest nation on the face of the earth .

  9. AHZZ

    September 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Communist “Colin Cancer” KaperPrick knows “NOTHING” about history!

  10. Shirley & wallace Peterson

    September 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    our flag has never been a sign of Oppression! It has always stood for Freedom of ALL citizens of our Country and many battles fought for a dear price Abroad fighting for others freedom as well. This Battle we wage as citizens today is being fought for the rights of others to protest NOT OUR FLAG, but what they feel is Oppression The Protest of our Sacred Symbol of Freedom has been taken hostage for that Protest and WE THE PEOPLE will not surrender it. YOU are wrong and it is Treason to continue. That Flag you disrespect STAND for the Oppressed everywhere. BACK OFF. You will not succeed in trying to divide us this way.

  11. Beverly Jorgensen

    September 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The American Flag is not just about wars being fought and those who went to war to keep us safe, though this is very important in where we as a people have But for the most part the entire country is united under one flag. Some of us have a tougher time than others. We have choices to stay in those situation or get out of it.Many of those kneeling made a choice to rise out of where they came from. Good for them. Choices are very much connected to freedom and our flag and why we fight to help another person or country. How about instead of making a bunch of money and recognize which country you are in making this money?

    Problem is so much of our history good and bad and the ugly is not being taught in schools anymore. PC is ruining our country. Our youth need to know why those who fought wars did so.What are the stories behind why those decisions were made. Discussions need to take place. People need to come together and talk and listen and understand. When we make mistakes, we work to fix them…Ages ago in America where so many suffered, we learned as a young nation to adjust and change how we have done things. BUT, we, not just a government, made choices to create these changes. Why because our flag, our country, our values and our right to believe in God were in place.

    This whole action taking place right now is not about race, but it is about values. Where did those who want to ridicule America come from? Outsiders wanting to come here, outsiders dictating how we should be governed. It is really about trying to take the flag down, God and country. Why? I ask why? People now are coming here saying they want what we have. They suffered where they came from. They want what we have but do not want to really work for it. The youth today just wants. Many didn’t get the memo that you have to work for what you have and then help another climb out of their suffering. WE do this in so many ways to help another in this country. It is not taught why our values are basically good. These teachings are now out of the school system being replaced with what is wrong….again then why come? Many outsiders are coming to simply take us down from the inside out….it starts with moral values, forgetting about God, changing right and wrong logical thinking is put aside, people become sheep.America it is time to wake up and take your country back…..those sheep get slaughter in time.

    Our flag is a symbol of what we are. You disrespect this, you disrespect us….again choices.

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