In 49 of 50 states, Feb. four will generally be known as “Tremendous Bowl Sunday.” In South Carolina, nonetheless, will probably be “Stand for the Flag Tremendous Bowl Sunday,” in line with a decree issued by Gov. Henry McMaster.
McMaster introduced the proclamation on Twitter Tuesday, urging all South Carolina residents to face for the nationwide anthem “wherever you watch the Tremendous Bowl.”
“Standing for the nationwide anthem acknowledges and honors the sacrifice of generations of women and men who’ve chosen to serve in the USA Armed Forces,” McMaster wrote. “I ask that each one South Carolinians present the world our state’s resolute dedication to supporting our troops by standing for the nationwide anthem wherever you watch the Tremendous Bowl together with your family members this Sunday.”
McMaster’s decree comes after a tumultuous NFL season full of controversy after a big group of NFL gamers refusing to face through the nationwide anthem in an act of protest to lift consciousness of racism, social injustice and police brutality. Whereas many supported the gamers’ peaceable protests, the demonstration additionally resulted in a wave of backlash, culminating with Donald Trump saying if an NFL proprietor sees one in every of his gamers refusing to face for the anthem he ought to “get that son of a bitch off the sector.”
Gamers kneel through the nationwide anthem
McMaster was one of many first high-ranking elected officers to endorse Trump for president when the then-lieutenant governor gave Trump a spirited endorsement throughout a marketing campaign rally in January 2016.
Just like Trump, McMaster mentioned in his proclamation he views the nationwide anthem as patriotic and a strategy to pay respect to the army. The 70-year-old governor cites South Carolina’s excessive veteran inhabitants and energetic responsibility personnel as a major cause for his decree.
McMaster additionally states “The Star Spangled Banner” is full of lyrics “celebrating the American Flag and an historic victory gained by courageous People.” McMaster, who controversially refused to surrender his membership to an all-white nation membership when he took workplace in 2017, didn’t point out the seldom-sung third verse which comprises racist connotations.
“In his #SOTU @POTUS honored our heroes who put their lives on the road to maintain us secure,” McMaster later wrote on Twitter following Trump’s State of the Union handle. “As I mentioned, standing for our anthem honors those that have chosen to serve. This Sunday, I will be proud to honor these heroes by standing with @POTUS for our flag and nationwide anthem.”