Band members who held American flag during protest speak out


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Before the start of Saturday’s ECU football game some members of the Marching Pirates knelt during the national anthem, while some chose to hold an American flag.

9 On Your Side spoke with Dylan Allen and Hunter Marketto who held the flag.

They were aware members of their band were planning to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Allen and Marketto said they don’t support kneeling during the anthem, but do believe in that American right.

That’s why they held the American flag during the performance, to show support of our freedom, while also supporting their brothers and sisters.

“It doesn’t matter what you consider or what you deem American, un-American, patriotic, [and] unpatriotic. For their cause and what they were kneeling for they were patriotic,” said Marketto.

Allen added, “Patriotism isn’t so misconstrued and isolated as to belong to one party or one person, everybody can be a patriot in some way whether you are kneeling of standing for the flag.”

Allen and Marketto said after the game the band had to be escorted out by police because of violent threats by fans.

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