I recently got mail reminding me of the annual meeting at Kensico cemetery, where the person who started that practice, harry frazee, is buried, in the same area with others who died because of the hatred he inspired. He started this in order to inflame support for america fighting the Habsburg Empire, Deutsches Reich, Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. The american/allied victory ruined the most diverse part of the globe and created the turmoil the World is experiencing at this day.
When I hear the anthem played at those events I am reminded that I am in the country which destroyed the lands my family came from, and that it is american practice to ruin those better than oneself, and I feel compassion for those brave enough to protest like Kaepernick during those performances.
I will join those who protest the anthem not by kneeling but by either refusing to stand or leave the area during the performance, and I suggest others who are fed up with this glorified warmongering do the same.