Man takes a knee during national anthem at White House celebration

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WASHINGTON (AP/WCMH) — President Donald Trump held a “patriotism” event at the White House in lieu of a Super Bowl celebration for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles that he canceled.

The president said Tuesday on the South Lawn that it’s time to “explain why young Americans stand for our national anthem.”

Trump sang along to “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” during a brief ceremony that included the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army chorus.

Trump did not mention the Eagles. He accused players of abandoning their fans because many had said they wouldn’t show up. Late Monday, he canceled the event because of the anticipated low turnout.

The president says that the nation needs to remember the “fallen heroes” and that the country stands together “for freedom, we stand together for patriotism.”

During the event, footage from a Swedish journalist shows a man in the crowd at the White House kneeling during the anthem.

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