When the football players from High School Red Raiders are traveling to games, they are always carrying the American flag. They didn’t realize how useful this habit was until they went to the Catholic Central High School for a game and saw there isn’t an American flag for the anthem.
The linemen for the Red Raiders, Daniel Hayner, was very surprised there isn’t American flag and believed this is so dishonoring.
He decided this is the right moment to place the American flag they carried with them.
“All the stuff that’s happening now with the flag and stuff…I didn’t know if it was like that or where it was.” Hayner said. “I went over and stood at the end of our line (with the flag) and they were like, ‘No, stand in the middle of the field.’ so I went out in the middle of the field and stood there.”
The Catholic Central High School was preparing for the press box and forgot to put up the American flag on the stadium. The principal explained the situation as follows:
“The school did not have a flag prepared in a timely manner. As a principal, I take full responsibility for that and we apologize if anyone was offended.”
Robert Young, the Red Raiders athletic director made a statement about Hayner: “It was just a spontaneous action from a boy from a small town that just had basically a notion that when you come from a community like this and the things that we try to instill upon them that there’s family, there’s community and our nation, and our country, and that really means a lot to him.”
“People die to protect their country and their flag,” Hayner stated. “People oftentimes are disrespecting it. It needs to be respected because of the people who served this country and their job must be appreciated.”
After all events related to dishonoring the National Anthem and flag, Hayner is now seen as hope for the next generation.