Over the weekend, I witnessed something that is becoming increasingly common and it truly irritates me to no end. Perhaps it’s because I am getting older, perhaps it’s because I am a military mom, perhaps it was because I was brought up right. Whatever the reasoning is, when one simple gesture is not followed, I have to bite my tongue instead of yelling at the inconsiderate and obviously, uninformed individual(s).
From my perspective, I don’t care where you are, what your reasoning is, what your beliefs are but when you hear the American Anthem, you IMMEDIATELY stop what you are doing, stand up (if sitting and are able to stand), remove any hats you may be wearing and place your hand over your heart until the song is completed.
If you’re only visiting the United States or aren’t a citizen, you are not excluded from this. You are on American soil and you can take a few minutes to show respect for a custom, if properly ingrained in children growing up, is second-nature in response to hearing, “The Star Spangled Banner”.
If you don’t want to attend whatever ceremonies going on, so be it. However, once that vocalist or music starts, you stop talking, be still, face the nearest flag (if present) and you be quiet, if nothing else.
If you don’t agree; I don’t care. For me, this is non-negotiable.