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Banner is the national anthem.
(b) Conduct during playing. During a rendition of the
national anthem -
(1) when the flag is displayed -
(A) individuals in uniform should give the military
salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain
that position until the last note;
(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are
present but not in uniform may render the military
salute in the manner provided for individuals in
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(C) all other persons present should face the flag and
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(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face
toward the music and act in the same manner they
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As far as the NFL players who wish to express their First
Amendment right of free speech, I support that right.
However, I do suggest that if they wish to make clear
what it is they are protesting, they should make it clear
by putting it in writing so all of us know the reason for
their action. Each person that has her/his own belief as
to honoring The National Anthem by standing during the
music can decide if the kneeling NFL players are right
All too often we see the actions of people and read into
the meaning of their action. Even when an individual
expresses a position on a topic the words have a way of
being interpreted in more than one way. The error of
thinking that all cultural customs, like standing for the
National Anthem, are the same for all cultures can cause
more trouble than one might expect.
Congress passed 36 U.S.C. § 301 without a penalty for
violating its guidance.
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