To the editor:

The national anthem was written in 1814 and came from a poem entitled “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed an all day attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Americans stood their ground until the British gave up bombing the fort, with damage and death to both sides. America stood strong and ready to fight for our freedom and independence.

The American flag and national anthem have everything to do with freedom and independence. Taking a knee is offensive to American patriotism. Do I really need to say anymore about it, America?

On a different point, the unrest we are seeing across the United States is hard to define in one paragraph. To resolve the issues it requires a clear understanding of the problems and open dialogue, which we don’t seem to be having.

Don’t be afraid to think freely and do your research. Get your information by going directly to the source. Don’t be afraid to debate and speak freely. Be humble when you are wrong and increase your knowledge.

It is important to understand the roots of our country and history. There is so much of it you will never be able to read it all. But you will have more appreciation for your freedom and be less willing to give it up to government and in the name of safety. Do some research while the stay-at-home order is in effect. Continue to educate yourself and family members every time you get a chance.