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Why do we put our hands over our heart during National Anthem?
September 14, 2008, 1:19 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

I was looking into this and found that there is actually a US CODE, and that code actually explains what we are supposed to do during the national anthem!  Click Here for Reference.  Go figure.  Anyway, this is what the code says:

(a)  Designation. — 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) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;
(B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; 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.

So, with this said, this was brought up a while ago, but does this picture taken during the singing of the National Anthem look like a problem to you?

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When one puts his hand over his heart he is making a pledge. Like when he puts his hand on the bible in court. There is no pledge in the national anthem. So even if somewhere, some group decided that we are supposed to put our hands on our hearts, it doesn’t make sense to me. My father was in the US Army until I was 10 years old and we were stationed in Europe for 3.5 years and in California and Texas. Somehow I was never given the impression that we were supposed to put our hands on our hearts for the Star Spangled Banner. Some people strike their breasts during Mass at the wrong times and not when they are supposed to (when admitting our faults or unworthiness not in praise). Just because they do it wrong doesn’t make them pagans. The National Anthem isn’t a pledge. I think Barack is correct but even if he’s wrong doesn’t make him less of an American.

Comment by Rob Konwinski

No one has the right to question the patriotism or Christianity of another American or Christian.

Comment by Judy Purnell

I have every right in the world to question the patriotism and Christianity of the Presidential candidates. I am electing my LEADER. If you are not judging them, what then is your selection based upon? I need to make sure that I agree with the way that the next president will lead this nation. And I am an old fashioned “AMERICAN” and I have every right to demand that the next president have the same love and pride for America that I do. And that he will stand up and defend our way of life. Personally, I don’t see Obama doing that. The “American Pride” is going to be replaced by pleasing the international community.

And as far as his Christianity. My faith is one the main things that I will use to make my selection. Which one of the candidates better fits what I feel this country should be lead from a faith based perspective?

So, sorry, but Presidential candidates SHOULD be judged, and hopefully everyone that is going to vote is judging them very carefully from all areas of their lives.

Comment by Robert

Thank you,
very interesting article

Comment by ostrov

Wonder if the slob considers THAT his heart…

Comment by Steven

Wake up people…those of you that’s sitting around hating our current president but say you love this country, the two can not really coexist. He is the man in charge and deserve the respect that comes along with the title. Cut out all those ignorant rants, y’all sound prejudice to the core. Had those that said we must place our hands over our chest said something off the wall like we were to grab a hold of the first set of woman breast in sight, think we be still doing that. My point is there’s parts of the constitution that needs amending to this day. The constitution says we can beat our wives with a switch of a certain size, in public at that but there’s this thing called domestic violence that prevents such actions, even though the constitution says so. Whoever these men were that, and I say men due to the fact that at one point of time there was only white men that made the laws of the land for every other human being living in it, I wonder where they were. What they were doing? Stop trying to make something out of nothing. Life is too short, let’s try to make things better for our children before we leave this life and stop bickering about foolishness and ignorance. Wake up people…

Comment by Payden T.

“Should” does not mean it is mandatory.

Comment by mke1mjd

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