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RamblingRose

(1,044 posts)
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 08:13 PM Jul 2023

Do you put your hand over your heart when the National Anthem is playing?


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9 (21%)
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4 (9%)
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30 (70%)
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Do you put your hand over your heart when the National Anthem is playing? (Original Post) RamblingRose Jul 2023 OP
No. That's not what I was taught in school, sixty years ago. Mister Ed Jul 2023 #1
We were taught to place our hand over our heart during the Anthem when I was a kid in the early 80's happybird Jul 2023 #4
Same here. badhair77 Jul 2023 #5
Same here, 50ish years ago. YDogg Jul 2023 #16
I stand Tetrachloride Jul 2023 #2
Stand, but fully support those who kneel. Silent Type Jul 2023 #3
+++ quaint Jul 2023 #12
I do NOT - but I SING...... MyOwnPeace Jul 2023 #6
Nope Solly Mack Jul 2023 #7
Yes synni Jul 2023 #8
Yes. It is a matter of habit, especially at a baseball game. ProudMNDemocrat Jul 2023 #9
I don't. But, I'm usually bamagal62 Jul 2023 #10
I do.. but I am always scared that it will stop beating and I find out early -- n/t lapfog_1 Jul 2023 #11
I spent most of 30-40 MuseRider Jul 2023 #13
I used to for the pledge of allegiance as a kid BlueKota Jul 2023 #14
In public, that is the correct etiquette if not in uniform. malthaussen Jul 2023 #15

Mister Ed

(5,958 posts)
1. No. That's not what I was taught in school, sixty years ago.
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 08:23 PM
Jul 2023

We were taught to place our hand over our heart while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. We were taught to stand at respectful attention when the national anthem plays, and so that's what I do.

To me, the practice of placing one's hand over one's heart during the national anthem is a recent phenomenon, and seems to me like grandstanding.

happybird

(4,678 posts)
4. We were taught to place our hand over our heart during the Anthem when I was a kid in the early 80's
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 08:45 PM
Jul 2023

Perhaps it’s a regional thing?

badhair77

(4,232 posts)
5. Same here.
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 08:49 PM
Jul 2023

My father always put his hat over his heart when we attended baseball games but I never heard of placing the hand over the heart till recently, as in maybe the last 10 years.

YDogg

(6,683 posts)
16. Same here, 50ish years ago.
Wed Jul 5, 2023, 06:06 PM
Jul 2023

Was taught hand over heart during the pledge, but not during the anthem.

MyOwnPeace

(16,956 posts)
6. I do NOT - but I SING......
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 08:53 PM
Jul 2023

and depending on the key - I'll do it in harmony.
AND, unlike a certain former federal executive, I actually know the words!


(And YES, I DO support those that opt to kneel for specific reasons relating as to how the government is NOT living up to its obligations. They, too, are showing their commitment to what the Constitution and government could and should mean and do for ALL AMERICANS.)

MuseRider

(34,144 posts)
13. I spent most of 30-40
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 10:29 PM
Jul 2023

years not even standing. Now I begrudgingly stand but I do not sing or pay much attention. I still am mad about those taken from us or those living with injured bodies and minds from Vietnam.

BlueKota

(1,873 posts)
14. I used to for the pledge of allegiance as a kid
Tue Jul 4, 2023, 10:58 PM
Jul 2023

and also stood and sang for the national anthem. After learning in college about the dangers of how nationalisn can be weaponized in a sense, like Hitler did in Germany, however, I now feel very uncomfortable participating in even minor forms of it.

Also it seems the Magats who love to brag about how "patriotic," they are care more about the symbolic piece of cloth, than they actually do about the core values that flag is supposed to represent.

I do still love the Constitution, and feel loyalty to that, I just wish there were a larger number of people willing to stand up for it, more than the flag or a song Why isn't there as big an outcry that it's being trampled over by a bunch of brain dead zombie elephants, as there is over people kneeling during the anthem or burning the flag? That's what out rages me.

I also believe in a higher power and in my opinion and in my heart and soul I think it's important to stay true to what they tell me is the moral thing to do, than a country that is moving farther and farther away from the values I hold.

malthaussen

(17,243 posts)
15. In public, that is the correct etiquette if not in uniform.
Wed Jul 5, 2023, 10:29 AM
Jul 2023

One should also take of his hat if he is wearing one -- I wonder how many people do that these days?

I was once the extra man in a ROTC color guard for a baseball game. We dressed in Revolutionary War artillery uniforms. When the Anthem was played (no grandstanding "professional" singers then), I wasn't sure whether to salute or put my hat over my heart. I decided that since it was really a costume and not a legitimate uniform, I'd do the latter.

-- Mal

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