‘If I’m able, I will stand’: Severely wounded Marine Corps vet stands for anthem at NHL game

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Not even a catastrophic injury could prevent disabled U.S. Marine veteran Lt. Col. Ty Edwards from standing up tall with pride during the playing of the national anthem at game two of the Stanley Cup final last Wednesday.

While serving in Afghanistan in 2008, Edwards was wounded so severely that he was told by doctors that he’d likely never walk or stand again.

Thirteen years later, he proved the doctors wrong.

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Edwards proved the doctors wrong only days after Gwen Berry, an Olympic track competitor who’s never sacrificed anything for America, disrespected the flag and national anthem to protest perceived “injustice.”

It’s not clear what “injustice” Berry has faced. It is, however, very clear the type of cosmic injustice that was fated to Edwards.

“On Oct. 18, 2008, Edwards, at the time a Marine lieutenant colonel, and Hakimi, his Afghan interpreter, were on a mission in Kunar province when things went terribly wrong,” according to the Military Times.

“Edwards stepped out of his Humvee when insurgents opened up with small arms fire. … Hakimi saw Edwards lying on the ground. For the interpreter and others still inside the Humvee, there wasn’t much time to think.”

Long story short, Edwards barely made it out alive. According to Fox News, he “was given a grim prognosis of ever standing or walking again.”

Thirteen years later, he’s still in rehabilitation.

“Every day he goes through an hour of rehabilitation on his own to make himself better,” director Mark Van Trees of the Support the Troops nonprofit told Fox News.

“They told him the prognosis to ever stand up or walk again was not very good… His spirit and his humbleness are just unmatched.”

Indeed, when he stood up for the anthem last Wednesday, he wasn’t even thinking about sending a message to people like Berry. In fact, he doesn’t “fault” people like her for their decision to disrespect the flag.

“I just want to pay tribute to all those that have lost their lives and made sacrifices that the average American doesn’t see, but I don’t fault anybody. It’s a free country,” he told Fox News.

In an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on the morning of July 4th, Edwards added that to him, it’s all about being grateful.

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“I’m thinking first and foremost about the men who saved me … who were with me during the ambush. I’m extremely grateful to them, because they really, they were — I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” he said.

Regarding those who kneel for and disrespect the anthem, he admitted that he thinks they’re “misguided.”

I think they’re misguided to some extent. But if I’m able, I will stand, because I remember those that served alongside me and lost their life,” he said.

His humility and kindness — most critics of national anthem kneelers and disrespecters like Berry (not to mention Colin Kaepernick) are far harsher — stand as a strong contrast to the arrogance and nastiness of those who hate America.

It’s an arrogance seen in their rants about how horrible America is, their disdain for Middle Americans and their utter apathy toward the flag and anthem.

It’s a nastiness that’s particularly prevalent this 4th of July because of the meteoric rise in left-wing radicalism.

Case in point (*Language warning):

Notice how all of the ungrateful radicals above used left-wing buzzwords like “colonialism,” “indigenous land” and “patriarchy.”

To someone like Edwards who loves this country and its values — freedom of speech, due process, property rights, etc. — and who’s actually suffered and sacrificed to keep these values alive, these same buzzwords likely don’t mean a damn thing.

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