Yes! You Should Stand for the National Anthem
Hundreds of thousands of people of a variety of ages and race, fought and died for our freedom. Standing during the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance is a sign of respect and honors those that have sacrificed so much. In addition, the United States actually does have laws regarding the US Flag and National Anthem.
The United States Flag Code covers all aspects of etiquette in relation to the United States Flag, including how to behave when the National Anthem is played. The code is rarely enforced and there is no published punishment for breaching it at present.
Not standing for the National Anthem, as Colin Kaepernick has done recently, is disrespectful and has provoked justified national outrage. There are much more positive ways Colin Kaepernick could make his point. While he is protected by his first amendment right of free speech, he does play for a private NFL team. His popularity nationwide is at an all time low and his position on the team is in jeopardy.
What You Should Do When the National Anthem is Played!
The flag code states that persons present are expected to stand and face the flag, if there is one. Civilians should stand to attention with their right hand over their heart, while military personnel in uniform and veterans should salute throughout. A recent amendment to the code said that military personnel out of uniform can also salute.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
The Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.