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Navy admiral takes not-so-subtle jab at Colin Kaepernick in Pearl Harbor speech

U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr. (Image source: YouTube)

A U.S. Navy admiral took a not-so-subtle dig at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick while giving a speech at an event to honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. got a standing ovation after calling out Kaepernick, who refuses to stand for the national anthem while it is played before his team's games. Kaepernick has been widely criticized for opting to take a knee during the anthem. Others, however, have defended his right to do so.

And on Wednesday, while standing just yards from the front of the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii, Harris made clear where he stands on the issue: "You can bet that the men and women that we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played," Harris said, drawing several moments of a standing ovation.

He later added:

That fateful Sunday morning 75 years ago, they were about to conduct morning colors when they were surprised to hear the sounds of real bombs bursting in air instead of the reassuring melody of our nation's anthem. At that dawn's early light, they ran to battle stations and to the sound of the guns as they moved boldly to begin the defense of our country.

Relevant portion begins around the 46:50 mark:

(H/T: Fox News)

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