But a bunch of high school football players in Mascoutah took a stand, too. They just stood there Friday night. Quietly, respectfully, shoulder-to-shoulder with those who serve their community: Police, firefighters and veterans.
“We have such a military base here, and stuff like service and doing things for the greater good is engrained,” Mascoutah football coach Josh Lee said.
So blame the proximity of Scott Air Force Base. Blame their parents for teaching these teens that there is a greater good and that service before self means something.
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It might have meant missing their little league games because they were deployed to a dusty, desolate base. It might have meant missing a whole lot more.
“It’s not about the individuals or whose opinion is bigger. We all respect each other and recognize that everyone comes from a different perspective and have different opinions. That’s all OK,” senior player Nick Thurston said.
“At the end of the day, we have each others’ back, and we play for each other.”
“Play for each other,” also known as united we stand.