Pinellas Park vets honor 9/11 victims and respond to Seahawks unity stance

Bay Area Veterans Remember 9/11, September 11, 2016.

PINELLAS PARK, FL -- In Pinellas Park, veterans at VFW Post 4364 got together to pay their respects to the victims of 9/11.

"We’d like to have a moment of silence," said Edward Moody, commander of the post. 

About 20 veterans and their loved ones honored the victims. Al DeStefano, 88, is an army vet who served in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. When it comes to news he remembers, the day of 9/11 tops the list. 

“It crashed in to one and then a little bit later it hit the other one and I was quite shocked when that happened. And, I thought we were going to go into war again,” he said. 

After the moment of silence, the vets turned their attention to football. 

They've heard about the speculation that the Seattle Seahawks football team would all kneel during the national anthem on 9/11.

That’s following the same move made by 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick protesting civil injustices by kneeling during the anthem.

But, a Seahawks player announced they would stand with interlocked arms in a show of unity instead of protest.

And, that’s what they did. We captured the moment as a room full of veterans at VFW Post 4364 watched the anthem. This was especially an important moment for them – those who fought for our country.

They appreciated the move by the Seahawks and reacted to Kaepernick’s previous protests.

"Maybe he should have some emotional and second thoughts and come up and really show that he’s an American," said one vet. 

The Seahawks played against the Miami Dolphins and several players on that team did kneel in protest during the anthem. 


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