Past Cooperstown Vets Club Commander Doug Walker, left, and current Commander John Famulare place a wreath on the monument to Cooperstown’s veterans at the top of Pine Boulevard. The village’s Memorial Day commemoration took place the Soldiers & Sailors monument in front of county Courthouse with Dr. Paul Russo, Bassett Hospital optometrist who served in the Army’s 101st Airborne and, more recently, the state Air National guard, gave the address. At right, Jack Adams of Cooperstown and his sister, Carol Highfield, stand at attention during the National Anthem, sung by Russo. Beth Kane, whose father was killed in World War II, recited “In Flanders’ Field,” and Famulare recited another poem, from the Vietnam War. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Respect Anthem, Letter To
Teams Owners, NFL Advises
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Until the NFL and team owners prevent players from “taking a knee” during the National Anthem, pro football will not be shown in the Cooperstown Vets Club on Main Street, Commander John Famulare said this afternoon.
The decision was made unanimously, 8-0, when the club’s directors were polled at their latest meeting last Monday. It may be the first such decision by any post nationwide.
“When they play the National Anthem,” said Famulare, “you better stand up, period.” He said the ban will remain in place “until the players start acting like men” and show respect for the National Anthem.