At a 9/11 commemoration event held today by a Jewish organization, approximately 1/3 of the attendees placed their hand over their heart during the playing of the national anthem. While everyone should clearly stand and show respect during the pledge and national anthem, I’ve never felt comfortable with the hand over heart routine. Does that make one “unpatriotic”?
36 U.S. Code § 301.National anthem
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1)when the flag is displayed—
(A)individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(B)members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C)all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2)when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed
Personally, I would either keep my hand by my side, or salute.
It always made me uncomfortable too
Being a democrat by itself makes you unpatriotic
Is hand over heart chukas hagoyim?
If you’re not in the military, you don’t salute. Standing up and standing still is all you need to do.
“men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder”
So I should remove my yarmulka and put it on my left shoulder? Or maybe “headdress” refers only to what Indian chiefs wear?