Conduct During the National Anthem

By this point, we are all quite familiar with what we do during the Pledge of Allegiance in that we stand up, remove any hats, place our right hand over our hearts, and recite it. However, with the recent news, you may be wondering the proper conduct during the national anthem. Luckily, for those who are proud to represent their country, we have all the information you may need to proudly represent your country while the national anthem is playing.

Conduct during the national anthem will vary depending on whether you are in the Armed Services or just a civilian.

All individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem, facing the flag, and maintain said position until the last note of the anthem has finished.

Members or veterans of the Armed Services who are present, but not in unform may follow suit, facing the flag and standing saluting the flag until the end of the anthem.

For those who are just civilians who want to show the respect the country deserves, they should stand at attention, with their right hand over their heart, facing the flag, just like you would during the Pledge of Allegiance. Men should remove their hats and hold it at the left shoulder, keeping their hand over their heart.

If for some reason there is not a flag displayed during the playing of the national anthem, everyone present should do the same thing as if the flag were right there, only they would face towards the music, rather than facing towards the flag, then stand either at attention or saluting the flag.

This has been the suggested proper conduct during the national anthem for years, and is the proper way to show your respect towards the nation, as well as those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.