Following NFL’s anti-anthem protests was a wave of mixed reactions, most of which were going against the league’s stance of America’s symbols.
Although not many celebrities dared to speak out on the incidents, one rock band recently took time off their concert to remind us, Americans, of a very valuable lesson. Even better, their concert was meant for veterans across America who served this country without holding back
As part of the Freedom To Rock tour, KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley interrupted the ongoing concert and spoke with the audience, telling them he was beyond proud to be America, but that freedom is earned and not handed over.
While talking about what veterans do for our country, he mentioned “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 added.
The band has been working tirelessly to collect donations from across the country, which are later to be donated to the charity group Hiring our Heroes.
By the time he was done telling the story, he pulled out a check of $150,000 and offered it to the charity. The donation will serve a purpose to alleviate the hiring process with veterans.
“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.”
Stanley began exclaiming, “God bless you! God bless our troops!”
The KISS_inspired anthem version could be one of the best things we’ve seen so far. As farfetched as it may look, this happened and it was sincere, moving and necessary.
Here is how Twitter took it:
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
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
The band members are people who feel no shame in expressing their patriotic ways. They even set aside $1 from every concert ticket and planned to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project. At the time, they managed to collect $500,000.
Now, that’s something!