One U.S. military veteran has taken a stand against NFL players’ kneeling during the National Anthem and moments of silence:

The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate.

On Wednesday he told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the anthem protests. Saints players have been seen kneeling before the anthem and some continue to do so during the national anthem.

This morning, Commander Wells expanded on why he’s not accepting an honor from the Saints organization. Toward the end of the video the team’s response is shown, which Wells shredded:

Well said!