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Flag and National Anthem Etiquette

Tis the season for football, and during the opening of one of the games, I noticed that only about half the people in the stadium, including the players did not have their hands over their hearts.

This immediately spurred a “nuh-uh” bicker between my husband and I, as well as a corresponding Google search.

I had always thought that proper behavior around the flag was based upon customs and etiquette, I learned, however, that there is a U.S. Code dictating behavior in regards to both. 

Title 4 of the U.S. Code tells you how to care for, handle, when to stand and how to carry the flag.  Title 38 will tell you how to behave during the National Anthem and just like I didn’t realize there are US Codes for patriotic observation, I also realized how little I knew about it.

You definitely need to stand and place your hand over your heart (or salute if you are military) during the National Anthem.  I also learned that you are supposed to be silent from the first note to the last, despite the…

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