The American Flag: 36 USC: S301
Having served in the us military and scouts, I have been through countless honor guard details for the raising and lowering of the US flag.
Yesterday I went to Disney and happened to be near the plaza while they played the stars and stripes during the lowering of the flag.
We stopped briefly and talked a little bit about the flag. Various people through out the plaza were walking, talking, ignoring, standing facing the flag, some saluting, some with hands over their heart, etc.
Before the flag was completely folded we moved on and made our way to a store. I could hear several people make comments about the others in the plaza not following the rules and regulations, blah blah.
For those of you not familiar with 36 USC:S301 here it is below:
(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 uniform; and(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
Now I have a lot of respect for most military people. Many gave their lives and limbs for various causes and that can never be repaid.
However, I have no respect for the flag. It's a piece of cloth and hold no value with me, even symbolic. Those days of being a hard core patriot are long gone and I know more about our government now so I see the flag as a shield for those who wish to use it for their political gain.
I don't believe that foreigners need to follow the regulations either. They have no requirements to do so.
Personally, I find this 36 USC:S301 unconstitutional. It can't possibility be enforced as it is more of an opinion than any thing else.