As football season gets underway again and national anthem protests resume on the sidelines, it’s time for a look back to when one of the country’s best-known rock bands took time from a concert to honor veterans while at the same time showing its disapproval of Colin Kaepernick for his protest of The Star-Spangled Banner.
During a stop in Worcester, Mass., as part of its Freedom To Rock tour, KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley grabbed the microphone and told the audience that the freedom enjoyed in America came at a great cost.
Referring to military personnel, Stanley said, “They go overseas. They protect us. They stand up for us….When they come back, some of them need medical help, some of them need financial help….They don’t get what they’ve got coming from their country, so we try to be sure that they get it from us.”
He went on to say the band had been accepting donations to go to the charity group Hiring our Heroes.
At that point he presented a check in the amount of $150,000 to the charity. The money will go toward finding employment for veterans of the military.
“I want to tell you something,” Stanley said. “You should remember patriotism is always cool. Loving your country is always cool. Standing up, respecting and honoring our military is always cool.”
After being presented with a key to the city, Stanley asked the audience to stand and place their right hand over their heart.
The audience did as was asked and KISS led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stanley then shouted, “God bless you! God bless our troops!”
The band ended its show of patriotism by playing the national anthem in classic KISS style, while fireworks went off and a large American flag waved in the background.
News of the band’s patriotism made its way to Twitter.
Refreshing: KISS Stops Concert to Give Thousands to Vets, Take Shots at Kaepernick, and Say Pledge of Allegiance https://t.co/ymePZ5NXQy
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) September 10, 2016
One person responded to the tweet, saying:
Who ever thought KISS would be described as refreshing? But so true!
— Sarah Higgins (@slynhiggins) September 10, 2016
@RedState That was EXCELLENT
— Jeff Brokaw (@jeffbrokaw2013) September 10, 2016
KISS’ patriotism has been evident in its actions for several years.
For the past few years the band has earmarked $1 of the price of every concert ticket sold to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, raising $500,000 in 2011.
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