" I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.
"His truth is marching on!"
"What diff'rence if I hail from North or South
Or from the East or West?
My heart is filled with love for all of these.
I only know I swell with pride and deep within my breast
I thrill to see Old Glory paint the breeze."
"Oh, beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!"
When I was in college at BYU, I used to walk onto campus early every morning to go to class. Every morning, at 8:00 AM, The Star Spangled Banner was played. As it played, everyone would stop and wait respectfully with their hands over their hearts. I always felt proud and united at that moment with my fellow students that we would take those few moments to consider the blessing that we had of attending a school of our choice in a free country. Unfortunately, there are always a few who do not remember to stop and listen or who are painfully (to me) unaware of the etiquette that should be observed during the playing of the National Anthem. So, today I checked the USA.gov website to be able to share proper etiquette tips for listening to The Star Spangled Banner.
- When the anthem plays and the flag is present, stand, face the flag and place your hand over your heart as a sign of respect.
- If for some reason there’s no flag in the ceremony, face toward the music and act as if a flag were there.
- Hats- if you’re not in a military uniform and are wearing a hat, remove it with your right hand and hold it over your left shoulder, while your hand is over your heart.
- Members of the military in uniform should salute throughout the playing of the anthem.
Have a wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day! Talk to you next week.