Editorial

Here Are Some Athletes Who Went Above And Beyond To Salute The American Flag, National Anthem

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

Throughout the years, a number of American athletes have gone above and beyond to show respect for the national anthem and the country’s flag they represent.

From a mid-week game at Dodger stadium to the middle of a pole-vault pass at the Olympic games, athletes have stepped up on a number of occasions. (RELATED: Marine Veteran Barrels Into Left Wing Activists To Save Burning American Flag)

Rick Monday

On April 25, 1976, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saw a couple of protesters walk out onto the field, where they attempted to set an American flag on fire. Without hesitation he ran toward them, scooping up the flag and getting it to safety before they were able to light it.

Sam Kendricks

On August 21, 2016, U.S. Army Reserve 2nd Lieutenant Sam Kendricks had already started running in his attempt during the qualifying rounds of the men’s pole-vault at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he heard the opening strains of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Kendricks slowed to a stop, dropped his pole, and snapped to attention despite the anthem being played for an entirely different event.

Bernard Lagat

Olympian and legal immigrant Bernard Lagat qualified for his fifth consecutive Olympic games on July 9, 2016. The 41-year-old had just completed a 5000m run, besting a field of men in their 20’s and 30’s, and he took a victory lap.

But halfway around the track, the small American flag Lagat was carrying got away from him. He stopped immediately, snatching the flag from the ground and kissing it. He then grabbed a larger flag and went on with his lap.

Jul 9, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Bernard Lagat (right) reacts with Shadrack Kipchirchir (left) after winning the men's 5000m final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 9, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Bernard Lagat (right) reacts with Shadrack Kipchirchir (left) after winning the men’s 5000m final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

But incredible displays of respect for the U.S. flag and national anthem were not limited to just American athletes.

Usain Bolt

Jamaican track and field legend Usain Bolt once famously stopped a 2012 live interview in order to stand in silence while the U.S. national anthem was played for another event.