To the editor:
As veterans, we have defended the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and continue to do so.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment religion. Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
As American Legion members, one of our core objectives is to “foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism.” This right is also guaranteed, in my opinion, under the same amendment. This post will not participate with any individual, group or organization that disrespects or knowingly allows the disrespecting of our Constitution, the United States of America or the national anthem. With this in mind, the following NFL teams will not be televised in this Post:
•San Francisco 49’ers,
•Kansas City Chiefs or
We at Post 200 will not allow our national anthem to be disrespected within our halls. We hope no more teams follow this sick practice.
Thank you for understanding.
Commander, Boonville American Legion Post 200