The American admiral gave the most emotional and motivating speech during a commemoration ceremony held on Wednesday in Hawaii.
Among the guests who applauded decorated Commander Harry Harris were a large group of veterans who fought during the surprise-attack from Pearl Harbor and World War II.
The ones who passed away were represented by their family members at the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
During his heartening speech, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris took the opportunity to make a-not-so-subtle allusion to NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
‘You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played’, told the admiral.
The clips shared on social media show the massive crowd applauding and praising Harris’ words. The short footage was also shared by the U.S. Dept of Defense on their official Twitter page.
His words were obviously hinting at the NFL’s star recent actions. Early in September, the 49er refused to stand up during the National Anthem, right before the game with the Chargers.
His arguable gesture made headlines and sparked mixed reactions. Shortly after, Colin had the chance to explain, motivating that he just wanted to highlight the racial injustice and the brutality of the police.
‘Pacific Fleet Admiral Harry Harris just punted Colin Kaepernick down the field, and it was absolutely glorious’, wrote a Netizen on Twitter.