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Gabe Kapler is altering his protest for Memorial Day

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced that he would be pausing his protest of the national anthem for Memorial Day.

Last Friday, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced that he would not be on the field for the national anthem following the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered by an 18-year-old with an AR-15 rifle. Kapler said he would continue his protest until he feels better about the direction of the country.

The decision arrived before Memorial Day, which is a federal holiday that honors servicemen and women who lost their lives while fighting for the country.

In his latest blog post on Kaplifestyle, Kapler revealed that he will be on the field for the national anthem and the Memorial Day festivities for San Francisco’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gabe Kapler will be on field for national anthem on Memorial Day

“Today, I’ll be standing for the anthem,” writes Kapler. “While I believe strongly in the right to protest and the importance of doing so, I also believe strongly in honoring and mourning our country’s servicemen and women who fought and died for that right. Those who serve in our military, and especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our rights and freedoms, deserve that acknowledgment and respect, and I am honored to stand on the line today to show mine.”

In that same blog post, Kapler announced that he would be donating to two organizations on Memorial Day. Those organizations are Everytown, an organization devoted to ending gun violence, and Heart & Armor, an organization devoted to veteran health.

Kapler detailed what went through his mind when standing on the field for the national anthem just after the tragedy at Uvalde in a separate blog post titled “Home of the Brave?”

“My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, the lights, the pageantry. I knew that thousands of people were using this game to escape the horrors of the world for just a little bit. I knew that thousands more wouldn’t understand the gesture and would take it as an offense to the military, to veterans, to themselves.

“But I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.”

For Memorial Day, the Giants manager let it be known that he will be on the field for the festivities, while also bringing awareness to two organizations to which he is donating to.

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