United States Flag Code
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:44pm (XFF:

The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the national flag of the United States of America. It is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. 1 et seq). This is a U.S. federal law, but the penalty described in Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C. 700) for failure to comply with it is not enforced.

When the national anthem is played or sung:

1. Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
2. 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
3. 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.

"How, exactly, am I being disrespectful?"

"Well, you're not doing what everyone is supposed to do."

"Is it required by law?"

"Um...yes, it is.

  • Explaining The Obvious. Again.Amadeus, Wed Sep 27 2:36pm
    When a protester kneels during the anthem, there is no disrespect of the anthem, flag, America, etc. Think of when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus. Was there disrespect shown toward... more
    • And what US code states thatSprout, Wed Sep 27 3:22pm
      the confederate battle flag is racist? You are making the case that the actor determines his own meaning in one case, and the observer determines the meaning in the other. Which is exactly my point.
      • No, I Am Not...Amadeus, Wed Sep 27 3:25pm
        The symbolism for the Confederate flag is established. It has been for some time. The meaning of not participating in the anthem or in the pledge varies based on the protest involved. By definition.... more
    • United States Flag Code — SES, Wed Sep 27 2:44pm
      • About the Flag CodeJeeves, Wed Sep 27 6:15pm
        The Code also mentions a few other things about what you should and shouldn't do. See:
      • Your angle is Pikes, Wed Sep 27 3:36pm
      • The Supreme Court Has Already Held...Amadeus, Wed Sep 27 3:23pm
        ...that our freedom of speech supersedes the flag code. So, no, it is NOT required by law. It was, at one point. But that was an ill-advised and poorly conceived law. Amadeus