Very Touching Gesture | Arizona State University on Nov. 4 game Against Colorado With Helmets Honoring Soldiers

The national anthem protests that are being carried out by NFL players have sparked an intense debate over what it means to honor those who serve this great nation.

Arizona State University is trying to at least partly answer that at its annual “Salute to Service” game on Nov. 4 at home against Colorado. This year, the Sun Devils have some special helmets especially to honor the military, according to the Arizona Republic.

The team’s helmets will have a list of every known military veteran or current member of the service who played or coached at ASU. It’s a very touching gesture — one that means even more given the times we are living in.

This is the kind of honor veterans deserve. In a time where some people can’t even be bothered to stand for a few minutes during the national anthem, the fact that ASU would go all out like this is quite touching.

Rather than kneeling in some sort of lame protests that have literally accomplishing nothing but agitation, ASU is choosing to remember those who served their country with honor and dignity.

It’s the kind of thing the country has come to expect from a school that counts among its graduates Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals safety who left the NFL after 9/11 attacks to become an Army Ranger. He died in combat in Afghanistan in 2004.

And it’s the kind of thing the National Football League ought to emulate.

When NFL players kneel for the national anthem, they are effectively spitting in the face of every man and woman that has served to defend the flag. If the NFL players really wanted to do something to change what they think is wrong with this country, they could donate some of their millions, raise money for a cause or do just about anything other than the least effective thing possible.

All the kneeling has done is alienate people who might have been willing to hear them out.

Wouldn’t it be great if the NFL would do something like what ASU is doing with the helmets? Of course, that would require the NFL leadership to have something that resembles a spine, so we’re pretty sure that won’t happen for a long time.

In the meantime, we should salute ASU for taking a stand for our nation’s veterans, especially in these times.

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