Qualcomm Stadium patriotic on Military Night with 49ers, Kaepernick in town

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Chargers put on a spectacular tribute to the military Thursday night before, and during, the team’s last preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the 28th year the Chargers have honored the military during one of the team’s games. It was an especially patriotic night at Qualcomm Stadium, particularly because 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made national headlines this preseason for his refusal to stand during the National Anthem in protest of social and police injustice.

Here are a few memorable moments from the atmosphere at Qualcomm Stadium :

Leap Frogs parachute into Qualcomm Stadium – VIDEO – Navy Leap Frogs parachute into Qualcomm Stadium prior to the start of the game.

49ers players booed as they run onto the field at Qualcomm – VIDEO – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and 49ers players booed when introduced before the start of the game.

Chargers players stand during the playing of the National Anthem.
Chargers players stand during the playing of the National Anthem.

 

Fans at Qualcomm Stadium chant USA after National Anthem – VIDEO – As the National Anthem was ending, fans in the crowd started chanting “USA, USA, USA.”

 

49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick escapes to the sideline during the game and takes out a local photographer before helping him up.

 

On military appreciation night, the Chargers honored six Vietnam War veterans at halftime, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.
On military appreciation night, the Chargers honored six Vietnam War veterans at halftime, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

Fireworks capped off the conclusion of the half-time ceremonies on Chargers military appreciation night at Qualcomm Stadium.

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